Aston Villa manager Unai Emery has praised Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s performance at the World Cup but said he would discuss his controversial celebration after beating France in the final before the Premier League resumed.
And after Argentina’s victory over France on penalties, goalkeeper Martinez stirred controversy while celebrating the victory of the Golden Glove and also during the victory celebrations in Buenos Aires, as he carried a baby doll with the face of Kylian Mbappe during the victory parade on the open-top bus.
“When you feel so happy, it’s hard to control yourself,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. I will discuss with him some of the things he did during the victory celebrations.
He added: I respect Martinez and the role he played with his country. After his return, things will be under our responsibility and we can talk about some things.
Speaking before facing Liverpool, Emery said he was looking forward to another match against his counterpart, Jurgen Klopp.
The Spanish coach said: It is a difficult team to beat because of their great way of playing. But on Boxing Day, I think it will be different. We can beat them if we do our best.
The 51-year-old coach, who set up a camp in Dubai before the English Premier League wheel returned to rotation, said he was satisfied with his squad, but he might include one or more players in the January transfer period.
He said: I am happy with the performance of the current group of players, but one player may leave us and he can be replaced by another to help us.