Aston Villa boss Smith discusses why he likes his teams to press high

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has opened up about the style of play he would like his Villa players to adopt.

Smith has only been in charge a short while, since taking over following Steve Bruce’s sacking at the start of October.

However, the former Brentford coach has revealed that he would like his players to press high during games.

”The one thing I want our players to do when they lose the ball is win it back quickly. There’s no rocket science in that.’’ Smith told his Friday press conference.

”The reactions of the players are very important – when we lose it, let’s react quickly and go and get it.

”Barcelona, for example, have always been a passing team – especially when Pep Guardiola was there. But what I liked about his teams was that they were hungry to regain possession very quickly.

”I want the same. It’s important and keeps pressure on the opposition. The lads have worked very hard at it since I’ve been here.”

Smith has experienced a tough opening period as Villa boss, after winning in his debut game against Swansea, the club struggled to string together any sort of sequence of positive results.

They are set for a tough game this weekend as they travel to Pride Park to take on Frank Lamprd’s Derby County at 3pm on Saturday.

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