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Villa - Strongest Squad For Years?

Villa - Strongest Squad For Years?

Juan Pablo Angel has told the official site he is looking forward to next season and mystifyingly adds that 'this is our strongest squad for ages.'


It is the same squad as last season, with the exception of James Milner who, unless we finally bid and bring him to Villa Park, has ended his spell with us and Ulises de la Cruz who will see his contract run out in a few weeks time.

Still, it is nice to see positive talk from Angel who welcomed O'Leary in his first season as manager with 23 goals but produced only 3 last term in what proved to be a very stop-start season for the Columbian international.

He said that he usually doesn't say anything in the summer, just looks after keeping himself fit but that he is already looking forward to starting again in August adding 'I love what I am doing and hopefully I can come back and start afresh, but I am looking forward to the rest of my break. It is important that as players we forget about last season and pick things up next year.'

He told the official site: 'last season was not good for me and it was not good for the club. Hopefully next season we can change things around and have a wonderful season because I believe this is a really strong squad- the strongest we have had for the last three or four years.'

Finishing: 'We have quality here. We can produce great performances, but we need to start getting results. In football that is all that matters.'

Strongest squad for 3-4 years? So no money needed from Doug then, he'll be pleased and no ready made excuses for the manager, he'll be gutted. Maybe being gutted will be a plausible excuse?!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday June 17 2006
Time: 1:12PM


What drugs is it that JPA was taking when he was interviewed? "Strongest squad for ages?" He's having a laugh surely?
17/06/2006 13:32:00
Hes right, we have got a good squad, thats not the problem. Its the fact the manager has the tactical knowledge of a pea and the players dont want to play for him.
17/06/2006 13:47:00
The squad is in better shape than what he had under GT, but with Milner going and a few more to follow, I'll reserve judgement on any positive thoughts for the new season, at the moment I'd happily take 12th, safety and hopefully a takeover at some point!
The Fear
17/06/2006 14:04:00
Wondered how long it would be before these sort of comments started to appear. They'll be telling us we're aiming for Europe next!
17/06/2006 14:15:00
I don't think it's your strongest squad in ages - and anyway you need a good manager, O'Leary needs to get his coat
17/06/2006 17:07:00
Strongest squad for ages ? Please was he referring to Colombia?
17/06/2006 19:07:00
What is he on.Villa are vey Poor with a poor manager,Poor Chairman whos tight and a small squad.I can see them going down maybe.
17/06/2006 21:33:00
Villa have agreat squad but it's too small and the manager and chairman display the leadership ability of a particularly uninspiring ingrowing toenail. In addition to this, as stated above, the manager has no tactical knowledge or motivational skills, so yes Villa have a great but small squad who will be lucky to survive another season in the prem if we suffer injury problems like last seasion.
Villain Of The North
17/06/2006 22:56:00
I'm with JPA. It is arguably the strongest squad that we've had in a while, which makes it even more worrying that we so underperformed. Obviously O'Leary has to take a lot of blame for what I believe to be a very split dressing room. I'm living and praying for a takeover, and until then, just staying in the premiership will do. Keep the players we've got, if we can convince them to stay, and hope that professional pride whatever, inspires them to perform to their capabilities. Just dont sell off our better players, thats a recipe for disaster.
17/06/2006 23:05:00
JPA talks too much. He came out last season talking about how he wanted to get back to full fitness and score 20 goals. All talking to be done on the pitch please.
18/06/2006 10:31:00
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