At last, Champion’s league. But now what happens?
Aston Villa News and Views
by Badger123
1w ago
So after Spurs’ defeat against Citeh it’s official. We’ve qualified for the Big Ears cup. First off, congratulations to the players, the staff, the owners, but probably mostly Unai Emery, who whatever happens in the future has probably already established himself as one of Villa’s great managers. And rightly so. To take a team that looked doomed to be relegated just a short while back to the Champion’s League is a fantastic achievement. But at the same time it begs a load of questions. I posted a link last night that made for incredibly interesting reading. The takeaway line is this; Our analy ..read more
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Villa – Liverpool; I’m not sure if I should be worried or not.
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by Badger123
1w ago
Of our last two games, Pool and Palace, I’d normally be most worried about the former, probably because it’s rare for us to beat them. But Palace are in excellent form and have taken 16 points from their last 18, only bettered by Citeh, who we rely on tomorrow. A glance at the form table is a bit of a surprise really, because while it’s pretty universally accepted by us that we’ve been miles off our best, with our small squad and tiredness having taken their toll, we’ve won two, drawn two and lost two in our last six games. The surprise then is that Liverpool have done exactly the same. We’ve ..read more
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Olmpiacos – Villa; Another European farce?
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by Badger123
2w ago
Let me say from the off that I’m sure most of you know I’ve never really believed in conspiracies and corruption in the game to much of an extent, but after last week’s debacle, I’m rapidly changing my mind. Hence I have no doubt in my mind that we won’t get a result tonight and the absolute truth is that I don’t even know if I’m bothered. A big part of me is saying that I don’t really want to win a competition that seems as though it’s full of bent referees and bent owners too. The trouble is, I’m now worried that corruption has also spread as high as the Champion’s league, particularly after ..read more
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Brighton – Villa; Is today the day we qualify?
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by Badger123
2w ago
I’m sure you already know, but I’ll say it anyway. It’s nothing like a prediction from me, but the simple facts are that if we beat Brighton and Liverpool beat Spurs, we will qualify for the champion’s league and finally hit the big time that we’ve longed for, for so many years. Assuming Salah’s petulant discussion with Klopp was a one off and not a demonstrator of a manager that’s lost his dressing room, you would think the Reds would want to give a good showing as a send off for an excellent manager of the club. Whatever, I expect that particular game to be a really good one and fortunately ..read more
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Villa – Olympiacos; Our first European semi since 1982
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by Badger123
3w ago
The Intertoto cup that we won in 2001 obviously doesn’t count then, even though it was administered by the same Uefa that administers all the current European competitions. Just like football didn’t exist before the Premier league, nor did any older competitions that aren’t current, obviously. I wonder how the dark side feels now their Fairs cup is being obliterated from history in a similar way? They’re probably not as concerned as they are about their impending final game against Norwich on Saturday. Not that I’m too bothered. I just thought I’d throw it in, in case anyone doesn’t know the p ..read more
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Villa 2-2 Chelsea; I’m sorry, but that was tactically wrong, imo.
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by Badger123
3w ago
Quite simply, we controlled the game for the first half, but for some reason that I really don’t understand, we played a low block through the second until they got the equaliser. And so that approach remained even though Chelsea were overwhelming us and we’re proven to be poor defensively this season anyway. The really annoying part is you could see it wasn’t working for at least half an hour, so why stick with it? The best form of defence was attack, by a mile today, yet Unai decided against. I’d like to know why. Colour me well bloody annoyed and it’s not the first time I’ve thought his tac ..read more
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Villa – Chelsea: Is this the one?
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by Badger123
3w ago
I can’t say I’ve watched Chelsea very many times this season and if I have, it’s mostly through interest in seeing how Chucky has been doing. The fact that he hardly gets a start is satisfying, even though it’s also a bit nasty of me. Hey ho, that’s how footy gets you. I went out of my way to watch them on Monday night, specifically because we face them today and they just confirmed what I’ve thought of them this season. They’re a very up and down side, where you really don’t know what to expect. Suffice to say, Arsenal totally destroyed them. Hence the logic is Arsenal destroy Chelsea, we bea ..read more
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Villa -Bournemouth; Surprise, surprise. I don’t know what to think.
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by Badger123
1M ago
I really don’t like Bournemouth. I used too, but they’re such a tricky side to play. They were absolute rubbish early in the season, but they’ve now proven to be a very resiliant, physical side, which is exactly the sort that doesn’t suit us. Quite like Lille, if you like. That said, they’re not quite doing as well as I thought and currently sit in 13th place. Then again, their form over the last six games is excellent. They’ve won 3, drawn two and lost only 1 game. That’s a record that’s only bettered by City and Arsenal. Now add in that we’ve only faced them seven times in the Premier league ..read more
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Arsenal 0 – 2 Villa; This could have been 4-0!
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by Badger123
1M ago
I was contemplating what to say and even if I should say anything at all, because the result today pretty much said it all for me. But then it dawned on me that we were actually very unlucky in that we didn’t win this by four clear goals after Ollie did what he usually does, in missing some and scoring some. Not that we can complain about him. He’s second top scorer to probably the best striker at the best team in the league after all, as much as I’ve seen some Villa fans ripping him to pieces at times. The first half was a bit scary, because Arsenal were very dominant and creating chances, bu ..read more
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Arsenal – Villa; Minimal expectations.
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by Badger123
1M ago
What’s the saying? Expect the worst and anything else is a bonus. That about sums it up for me, as I can’t muster any confidence whatsoever for this game. I’m very tempted to predict a four or even five goal defeat, but just as I’ve invariably been wrong over the last few months so I think I’d be wrong in expecting that sort of loss. I’m not predicting, but just as Tottenham took a tonking which I don’t think many expected yesterday, so it proves that anything can happen. That said, Arsenal have a tremendous defensive record, so it’s difficult to see how we’re going to put many past them, but ..read more
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