Iraola on 'different' Palace, team selections and Solanke

Andoni Iraola has been speaking to the media before Bournemouth's Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

Here are the key lines from the Cherries manager:

  • On how much Crystal Palace have improved since the reverse fixture earlier this season: "I think names-wise they haven't changed a lot. They have made two very good signings, with Daniel Munoz and Adam Wharton in the middle. It gives them more options."

  • He is expecting it to be "difficult as always" against the Eagles, adding: "Tactically, it is completely different because Glasner plays this system he has really well. It is difficult to defend, players are playing between positions, and I think they are adapting really well."

  • In terms of team selection, Iraola says it will be a case of "what he can do" instead of "what he wants to do" because the players have had a "very short time to recover" since their win over Everton on Saturday.

  • He recognises that two games in four days will be "demanding" for Tyler Adams, stating: "I am sure I will go and ask him and he will say that he is ready to go again. Then we will have to take the decision - not my decision, not his decision, but the medical team and coaches."

  • Whether defender Lloyd Kelly will be available to start is also a "difficult one" for the manager, who said: "He played 30 minutes, it's a good amount. He has trained one week, it is not a lot. We will have to talk to him and the medical department, and take the decision from there."

  • He denied that having the chance to better last season's points tally against Palace will provide him some vindication, after the criticism he faced when he was appointed as Cherries manager: "I think they are different seasons, different squads, different opponents. Every year we start from zero and we want to finish as high as possible."

  • Iraola said people need to "understand" Gareth Southgate, and recognise that the national team manager "has a very, very difficult job to do", when he was asked about Dominic Solanke's omission from the England squad.

  • He added: "He is going to try to keep playing very well. It is not a matter of goals, it's not like you have to score 20 goals to be picked. It is a matter of playing well. Southgate isn't just looking at numbers, he is looking at the performances also."

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