Villa boss Lambert: Lads champing at bit to take on Spurs

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expects an instant response from his youngsters after their thrashing at Chelsea.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expects an instant response from his youngsters after their thrashing at Chelsea.

Villa are at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day, three days after losing 8-0 at Stamford Bridge - the heaviest defeat in the club’s 138-year history.

"They know my feelings on it," rapped Lambert. "You don’t need to be Einstein to tell them what went wrong. We told them they have a few days to get over it and then get going again.

"They’ll come out of the traps against Spurs, I know. I expect a reaction. Whoever’s playing, we have to atone for that.

"They’ve done it before. They were beat heavy at Man City (5-0 in November) and then went on that little run. You take the criticism and you bounce back.

"There’s no point feeling sorry for yourself. There are too many people coming to watch on Boxing Day. So we have to bounce back."

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