Aston Villa manager Dean Smith speaks ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith speaks ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash
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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith speaks ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash

​Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes that the teams home games will be the deciding factor for them as they prepare to host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. 

Speaking in an interview ahead of the big clash, Smith went into detail about his charges form at home so far this season.

“Our season will be defined at Villa Park,” he told the club's official website.

“We have been fairly strong there all season, we have to make sure that we give [the fans] something to back us with.”

Smith has gone head to head with Mourinho before when his Walsall side took on Chelsea in the League Cup in 2015.

Assistant coach John Terry played for a duration of 90 minutes on that particular night and Smith has been making use of Terry's knowledge.

“I’ve been picking his brain for the past 18 months, in terms of how the top managers worked with him,” Smith explained.

“There is a lot of mutual respect between José and John.

“He’s played under José twice and they celebrated a lot of success so that respect is natural.”

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