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Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings: ‘We know we have to bring our A game’

Tyrone Mings is mobbed after Aston Villa’s victory in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

City are seeking to win the tournament for a 3rd time during a row while Villa dropped into rock bottom three on Saturday due to others’ results, but Mings is undaunted. “I can’t wait, it’ll be a welcome distraction from the league,” he says. “We have eight days after the ultimate until we play again so I don’t think it’ll impact on our league form.

“We are massive underdogs but we’ve to ascertain that as a challenge, a chance to prove we will mix it with the large teams and provides an honest account of ourselves. On the day you never know what might happen.”

With Villa that’s particularly true. Impressive sometimes this season, unlucky on other occasions and downright woeful at Southampton every week ago, they need struggled for consistency.

Southampton was about as bad as I’ve been involved in, and I’ve been in some bad games,” Mings says.

“The manager didn’t spare our feelings at half-time and that we were better within the last half , but that’s not saying tons . the primary half wasn’t a really good yardstick for a way we would like to play.

“Our inconsistency is that the most frustrating thing, it’s almost like we all know that we will roll in the hay at the highest level but we’re not doing it often enough. If we were we wouldn’t be within the situation we are in, but we’ve tons of players who are new the division, playing regularly within the Premier League for the primary time, and that i include myself therein .

“I’m not offering that as an excuse but it’d just be a reason for the inconsistency. I’m unsure many other teams at this level would find themselves with six, seven or eight players all trying to find out on the work . It’s not ideal but we’ve to find out quickly.”

Villa have played City twice this season and therefore the aggregate score is 9-1 within the cup holders’ favour. City picked up every domestic trophy on offer last season, while Villa haven’t won any of the main prizes since 1996. “It’s getting to be tough, there’s no hiding from that,” Mings says. “But it’s still an incredible opportunity, and that we certainly won’t be making the error of underestimating our opponents.

“We know we’ve to bring our A game to Wembley because anything less could lead on to embarrassment, perhaps it might be harder playing against someone we’d underestimate.

“We know we’ve to regulate our performance and our emotions too, because tons folks are playing during a final for the primary time. We’ve got a captain [Jack Grealish] who has played during a few, an assistant coach [John Terry] who has played during a hell of tons , but everyone else has got to compute how to deal with the pressure for themselves. You quickly learn that football may be a sport that’s all about individuals.”

A long way to go before challenging the elite

“Re: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea’s Tottenham impersonation against Bayern. a minimum of Frank called it” – Craig Fawcett.

“So Matt Dony thinks a 30-second cut-off for the VAR is just too rushed (yesterday’s Fiver letters). But this could be seen along side my view that VAR should only be used where there’s a transparent and obvious error. If it can’t be seen in 30 seconds, I reckon it’s neither clear nor obvious” – Peter Thew.

“Matt’s view ‘that rushing to satisfy a deadline rarely results in quality output’? Well, that’s all alright but, quite frankly, if it wasn’t for deadlines, a number of us would never get anything finished in the least . And something, even late and poor quality, is best than nothing, which i think is that the Fiver’s motto” – Noble Francis.

Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you’ll always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Noble Francis.
Manchester City have registered their appeal to Cas against their two-year Big Cup ban and £25m fine.

Barcelona can count themselves glad to possess got out of Naples with a 1-1 draw from their Big Cup first leg. “It’s a positive result for us overall,” hollered Quique Setién. “We controlled most of the sport , but we lacked something within the final third against such an organised defence.”
Lucy Bronze has been replaced by Alessia Russ in England’s squad for the SheBelieves Cup after sustaining calf-knack.

F91 Dudelange striker Danel Sinani fancies a move to Norwich City next season, whether or not they avoid relegation or not. “I can confirm that Norwich are very curious about my services, but I haven’t signed yet,” he cheered. “I’m not frightened of that second division. have you ever seen the games they play there? It remains very strong.”

After Oxford United manager Karl Robinson was randomly linked with the Málaga job, the U’s have now rejected an approach from Blackpool over their vacancy.

And Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous has defended the Hive’s pitch after Tuesday’s National League game against Dagenham & Redbridge became their latest home postponement or abandonment. a minimum of it wasn’t like last month’s FA Trophy tie with Farsley Celtic (380-mile round trip), called off two minutes before kick-off. “The pitch sits low on the location and intentionally will stand up during a one-in-100-year flood eventuality,” he tooted. “We have barely had each day without rain since September and therefore the forecast one-in-100-year event has now become our reality.”

It’s Sven!
Sid Lowe on the good-natured battle of the graceful scalps, as Zinedine Zidane faces an “hour of truth” against his old buddie Pep Guardiola.

Hansi Flick restored Bayern’s old fire to tear strips from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, writes Jonathan Liew.

Simon Burnton on an alarmingly prescient Forgotten Story from 1906.

A Knowledge special: footballers in communal bathtubs, necessitating some extremely delicate cropping on the a part of our picture desk.

It’s nearly MLS season 25 over within the USA! USA!! USA!!! – Tom Dart on the story thus far , and the way Mexico might be key to what’s next.

£25m and one Kepa Arrizabalaga for Jan Oblak is that the quite illusion to be found in today’s Mill.