Steve Bruce hails Tottenham after FA Cup defeat
By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has been full of praise for Tottenham after his side fell to a 2-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon.
The Midlands giants were eliminated at the FA Cup third round stage at White Hart Lane after goals from Ben Davies and Son Heung-min.
It was an expected defeat with Spurs in third place in the Premier League table, while Villa are only able to place in 12th in the English second tier.
Bruce now believes that his side’s long-term aim is to match clubs such as Tottenham, who are performing so well in the top flight.
“I know for a fact exactly what needs to be done,” told Bruce to the official Villa website.
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“You’ve seen a club like ours has to be aspiring to match the Tottenham’s. I’m under no illusions how difficult it’s going to be but that’s the aim.
“My first priority, of course, is to get out of this league that we’re in.
“If we show that application…last week I was critical of them…but this weekend they showed me that we’ve got some good players here and if they apply themselves right in the Championship, which is relentless week in and week out, we’ve got a chance.
“The club has had a difficult time. But, for example, there are only three teams who have won the FA Cup more than us.
“That’s testament to the size of our club so we have to get it up and running.”
Bruce was appointed the Aston Villa manager in October following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
He has managed 15 matches in total, which has brought a return of seven victories, four draws and four defeats.
He will now be hoping to have the same impact and success at the club to what Mauricio Pochettino has had at Tottenham.
The Argentine boss made the move to north London from Southampton in the summer of 2014 and returned the club to the Champions League in the last campaign.
There are now seven points between Spurs and league leaders Chelsea and he will be hoping to mount a title challenge for the club this season.
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