Our only focus is Aston Villa, says Alderweireld

By SFC Media Sun 23 Nov First team

Defender Toby Alderweireld says Saints are only focused on Aston Villa on Monday night, despite the big games just around the corner.

Saints face Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United following the game at Villa Park, but the Belgian international says he and his teammates are not looking too far ahead.

Although only 25, Alderweireld’s experience will be of vital importance to Saints over what will be a tough run from now until the end of December.

Speaking ahead of the game against Villa, Alderweireld said: “Some people are thinking about next month. We are just focusing on Monday. Nobody in the squad is talking about anything else.

“Monday is going to be very tough, very difficult, and we are looking at how we can beat them. We’re just focusing on Monday, because we can have three points there, and that’s important.

“I’m four times a champion – three times in Holland, one in Spain, I've played in a final of the Champions League, and a World Cup quarter-final, so I want to bring it to the other guys.

“Not to say ‘do this’ but just talk about football and my opinion about it. That’s the way I want to play, because of Holland, I was 19 and you can play a lot.

“That’s the positive side of Holland. Then, in Madrid, it’s hard, it’s really professional, it’s more men football and I really learned to defend good. So, with the football from Ajax and the defending from Atletico, it was the right step.”

Alderweireld believes there is a spirit in the camp that something special can be achieved this season, but admits Saints must be at their very best in every game, and cannot afford to drop below that level.

He added: “There is a feeling in this group that if want to do something special it can be this year. The focus has to be there 100 per cent, we cannot slip for one moment.

“We maybe don’t have the quality of Chelsea and can play 80 per cent and still win. We have to be 100 per cent every minute, every game. That’s what we are doing now so we have to do it all year.”

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