UK time is: 07:54:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

de la Cruz, Have A Horrible Game!

Aston Villa defender Ulises de la Cruz doesn't appear to be scared of taking England on this afternoon and believes the heat - it is expected to hit 90 degrees this afternoon in Stuttgart - will be in Ecuador's favour.

He said: 'I hope the weather is hot because that will be very good for our players. It won't be easy for England and we really want to stay in the competition. This is a very special game for all of us and the first 20 or 30 minutes will be very important. I understand English football and the mentality of the players, but this is a very different type of game with different tactics and everybody will be very motivated.'

'I have played against big teams before and England are certainly a big team, but we are not nervous. It's the same for us as facing Brazil or Argentina.'

He also says this is a historic game for Ecuador because they have never progressed out of the group stages before.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


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

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 25 2006

Time: 12:08PM

Your Comments

Ecuador havent particularly impressed me, but then, neither has our lot. Should be close, maybe extra time, possibly even penalties. My only reason for optimism is that while Ecuador have possibly over-achieved, the opposite has been the case with us.
glensider
Donkeys 1 - 2 Llamas, AET
NeilBaker
Things could (he says more in hope than anything) pick up now we are in the knock out stages, if they don't then the suffering will be over and the plane ride back will hopefully be full of turbulance for the team! The thoughts of 4-5-1 with Rooney up front could just make the difference as Gerrard and Lampard will be able to get forward more if Carrick does play the holding role. COME ON ENGLAND. Then Portugal or Holland next. Easy this world cup lark!
The Fear
Gerrard is the key to all this, not Lumplard. Rooney being up front is suicidal - the guy can only play for 10 minutes before getting knackered. And, no doubt, the players will moan about the heat. Call themselves professional? A complete disgrace to the great game football once was...
NeilBaker
If he plays like he does for Villa then England will score a hatfull.
GreenGiant13
Well, Nice to see a positive attitude here (sic). Ok I'm speaking with hind-sight now but I never thought that we'd loose. Let's face it, when England must comtrol and run the game, we struggle, but when we have an oponent we can get up at and in their faces, we start to really play, just like in the 1st half against Sweden. I reckon we can now go on to beat Portugal and I also reckon that it will be by 2 or more goals.
Villain Of The North
I'm hoping that revenge will fire England on to beat Portugal. Though by the way they were flinging themselves all over the place against Holland there may be a few cards flying about. At least Deco is out...he's quality.
DougInABox
Apparantly Deco is also signing for Spurs.
Hoddlesleftnut
Dream on mate
DougInABox
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Villa Confirm Suspensions (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Culverhouse and Karsa Suspended (Tuesday April 15 2014)

U21s Lose To Chelsea (Monday April 14 2014)

Grizzly: Palace away (Sunday April 13 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 800
2. The Fear 678
3. ClivetheVillan 262
4. Barney2004 245
5. Villan57 214
6. sirdennis 182
7. Villan Of The North 181
8. tarzan 172
9. Sussex Villan 165
10. BlackCountry Villa 164

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Crystal Palace 34 12 4 18 -14 40
12. West Ham 34 10 7 17 -9 37
13. Hull City 33 10 6 17 -6 36
14. Aston Villa 33 9 7 17 -14 34
15. Swansea 34 8 9 17 -5 33
16. WBA 33 6 15 12 -11 33
17. Norwich 34 8 8 18 -27 32

Breaking League News

More Courtois Mischief?
Chelsea : 17/04/2014 07:44:00
Liverpool: Sturridge In Fitness Race
Liverpool : 17/04/2014 07:44:00
Drogba on the Move!
Chelsea : 17/04/2014 07:42:00
Twist and Shake
Chelsea : 17/04/2014 07:19:00
It's unofficial: Man City Won't Win the League
Chelsea : 17/04/2014 07:17:00
Should they stay or should they go?
Spurs : 17/04/2014 06:04:00
The NUFC Gospel According To Tyler
Newcastle : 16/04/2014 23:36:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How many more points will we get this season?
Suggested By:  villa2stoke1
0 33%
1 15%
2 10%
3 14%
4 15%
5 3%
5-10 7%
11+ (in your dreams) 3%