Dean Smith: Championship play-off final the richest game in football

The Aston Villa manager believes the potential his team has in the Premier League is “massive” and hopes they can beat Derby County.

Aston Villa and Derby County are set to play tomorrow at Wembley Stadium for a ticket to get promoted from the English Championship to the Premier League.

And for Villa’s coach Dean Smith, this is the biggest match of the season.

“It’s very important. We all know the prize at the end of it,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s the richest game in football so to speak. But it can go two ways.”

“We’ll either be a Premier League team or still in the Championship.”

He added: “It only takes a bounce of the ball, a mistake or a decision to go against you to determine that.”

“But with the backing, we have from our owners, the potential for this football club in the Premier League is massive.”

“With the restrictions, it’s more difficult in the EFL,” he said.

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“I have thought about it, yes. I think the pride will be for my family more than myself.”

“I’ll just be wanting the game to start in all honesty,” he commented.

“I’ll know in the first few minutes of the game whether they’re performing and need words from me. I’m hoping they won’t.”


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