John Brewin, for ESPN FC, on Aston Villa’s win over Liverpool to reach the FA Cup final:
What did they say about Sherwood and tactics? The employment of Benteke in an inside-left position was initially used to test the defensive rawness of Emre Can and Lazar Markovic on the right of Liverpool’s defensive trio. The German’s strengths lie in bringing the ball from defence and not in aerial combat. The Serb was bought as an attacking player.
Villa’s strategy clearly lay in hitting the big man early, with his knockdowns releasing the likes of N’Zogbia and Grealish. The teenager enjoyed a huge share of the ball in the opening stages and he kept that up until he was subbed off to a standing ovation.