World Cup winner Emiliano Martinez is on the BENCH for Aston Villa after returning home from Argentina's wild World Cup celebrations... with Robin Olsen chosen by Unai Emery to start Spurs clash 

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World Cup winner Emiliano Martinez is on the BENCH for Aston Villa after returning home from Argentina's wild World Cup celebrations... with Robin Olsen chosen by Unai Emery to start Spurs clash

  • Emiliano Martinez was a big part of Argentina's World Cup success in Qatar
  • He starred in two penalty shoot-outs and picked up the golden glove award
  • The keeper will start on the bench for Aston Villa's clash with Tottenham
  • Robin Olsen will start in his place, as he did against Liverpool on Boxing Day
  • Follow Sportsmail's live coverage as Tottenham take on Aston Villa

Emiliano Martinez will not start for Aston Villa as they face Tottenham on New Year's Day.

Robin Olsen will start in goal his place, as he did in Villa's last match against Liverpool on Boxing Day, while Martinez makes the squad as a substitute. 

The 30-year-old was a key part of Argentina's World Cup success as he picked up the golden glove and starred in two penalty shoot-outs.


Emiliano Martinez will not start for Aston Villa against Tottenham on New Year's Day

Emiliano Martinez will not start for Aston Villa against Tottenham on New Year's Day

Emiliano Martinez will not start for Aston Villa against Tottenham on New Year's Day

He starts on the bench after returning from Argentina's World Cup victory celebrations

He starts on the bench after returning from Argentina's World Cup victory celebrations

He has since been criticised for his celebrations and antic during the final, which have included dancing after a missed penalty and holding a doll with Kylian Mbappe's face on.

Villa boss Unai Emery spoke genially about Martinez before the game, as he said: 'For us we are proud of him. Every Aston Villa supporter must be proud of him. We have in our team and our squad a winner of a World Cup, which he deserves.

'He is pushing his team-mates on the training ground every day.

'When he is coming back we have to try to introduce him again into our everyday and to be positive to use his energy and trying to use his mentality to help us.'

Martinez's international teammate Cristian Romero will start for Tottenham, despite not playing for them since October.

Robin Olsen will start in his place, as he did in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day

Robin Olsen will start in his place, as he did in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day

Villa boss Unai Emery said he was 'proud' of Martinez for his success in the World Cup

Villa boss Unai Emery said he was 'proud' of Martinez for his success in the World Cup

The New Year's Day clash will be a vital one for both sides. Spurs have won just one of their last five games, and are beginning to drift down the table after a solid start to the season.

They came back well against Brentford to steal a point after being 2-0 down, but will need to start games better if they are to finish in the Champions League places.

Villa may lost their first game back after the World Cup but were up against a strong Liverpool side, and will be hoping to find some consistency after an odd run of results before the break.

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