Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today warned his players “you haven’t achieved anything yet” ahead of the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final with Bradford City.
The claret and blues are overwhelming favourites to reach Wembley and could put one foot in the final with a positive result against the Bantams at Valley Parade tonight.
But Lambert’s mood was cautious and he refused to talk up Villa’s chances against their League Two opponents.
He said: “The Bradford lads will give everything and more because the adrenaline will be high. But we haven’t done anything, it is a semi-final and it is another stage to try to get through.
“We haven’t achieved anything. You don’t get anything for a semi-final. You need to get through. I don’t want to overplay it, thinking we have done it, we have arrived. We have got another two games to get through.
“They are going into it with great confidence. And it’s going to be really tough, because Bradford have absolutely nothing to lose.”
Lambert is likely to stick with Shay Given in goal and claimed the veteran is still one of the best around, even though Brad Guzan has been his first choice for Premier League matches.
The Villa boss said: “The highest compliment I can pay Shay is that he’s been brilliant – I know that sounds strange when he’s only played in the cups but he has been absolutely fantastic."