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.”