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‘NO PRESSURE,’ LAMBERT

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PAUL LAMBERT insists he isn’t under pressure despite struggling Aston Villa firing blanks.

The Midlands outfit lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool at the weekend and have not scored in eight hours and 42 minutes of action.

Villa are the lowest scorers in the top flight with just 11 goals in 22 games and have triumphed just twice in their last 18 Premier League games.

But Lambert, who won the Champions League as a player with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and captained Celtic in the UEFA Cup Final loss against Porto in 2003, was adamant he could handle the heat.

He said: “Listen, if you saw me before the European Cup Final – that was pressure.

“Pressure? High-level football? I’m fortunate, I’ve been at the top level playing in European Cup Finals and things like that, so pressure is part and parcel of my nature. It’s part and parcel of the game of football.

“You have to handle it. I’m strong enough to handle it.”

The ex-Scotland skipper added: “This club has been embroiled in major things – European Cups, league titles, all that sort of thing.

“The ’82 team is probably the greatest side this club will ever see.

“Those guys will quite rightly always be well respected at this football club for what they achieved.

“But now it is what it is. I don’t moan about it.”

 
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