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Chelsea Fan Predicts Villa Loss

So how have you started this season and do you see Chelsea being run away winners of the league again?

Although we`ve won our last six games, in all competitions, we`re not exactly playing sparkling football. Perhaps Mourinho was right when he suggested that it would take until October for those who played in the World Cup to gel again at club level and reach top form. Nevertheless, we`re looking solid and the team spirit remains as superb as ever.

What do you think of your new signings from the summer and do you not think the way you are buying everyone and benching half of them isn't a bit against the spirit of the game?

It`s a strange one. Our squad size this season is actually a lot smaller than last year. When you view our squad against the oppositions in the match programme the opposition invariably have a longer list of players. We shipped seven or eight out and only bought in four. Out of the four Ballack and Sheva are world class whilst Kalou and Mikel are youngsters for the future. I think it`s a bit early to decide on how they`ve done, especially with Ballack being suspended but I`m sure they`ll be worthy acquisitions. As for the benching aspect, I feel for Wright-Phillips. This was supposed to be his year but even with Joe Cole and Arjen Robben injured he still hasn`t made an impact.

Do you think Abramovich is in this for the long term and just how much has he done to connect with the fans?

If you read the reports, everyone is just waiting for him to become bored but thankfully, for us, he appears to be in it for the long term. Already there is talk that he`ll hand the club over to his son, Arkady, in the future, although Arkady is only twelve at the moment. Roman is how an owner should be, respected by the fans and lets the team he`s hired get on with the job. Having had the pleasure of meeting him he`s also a very quiet and humble person who does understand quite a lot of English.

Has Mourinho calmed down or is he still camping up his reputation as a bit of a sulk in the press? Can you see him staying long term at Stamford Bridge?

Rumours suggest this could be his last season if we don`t win the Champions League there again if we do win it he may decide to seek a fresh challenge. He`ll never change, he`s the Josč we all love. Wears his heart on his sleeve and despite what some think, is very articulate in manipulating the media.

What do you think of Martin O'Neill, were you surprised he came to Villa?

I love the man. He was my favourite pundit at the World Cup. Also, when his Leicester side were beaten by a penalty in a FA Cup match he had the temerity to stand up and rile Ken Bates. I was surprised when he left Celtic but when the reasons became known it seemed the thing to do. I guess he was waiting for the chance to return to football at a big club. Do they come much bigger than an ex-European Cup winner?

Villa were historically always up amongst the top six, do you think with new money we'll be back up there again and is that a good thing?

I hope your new owner can turn things around, Britain`s second city should be at the forefront of the national game. I think the domestic game would benefit from a resurgent Aston Villa, a relatively fresh face in the top six is always welcome.

Villa have been told by the FA that they can't have a star above their badge next season (our 25th anniversary of winning the European Cup). What do you think of the FA and the petty way they seem to run the game?

No star! Disgraceful. I sometimes wonder about the FA? Perhaps Ken Bates was right in his continual criticism of them. Some of the decisions they make are absurd especially the Sven contract whereby he`s still being paid yonks after he quit. Soho Square needs a major shake-up!

Which Chelsea player should we fear?

Didier Drogba - He`s on fire. He`s cut out the antics, knuckled down and is now on the verge of becoming the striker we all hoped he would. He`s even chasing back to win possession when the ball has been lost something he`d never have done twelve months ago.

Do you fear any of the Villa players?

Angel! I recall he missed a couple of sitters against us a few seasons back. I just have this nagging feeling we won`t be so lucky if he gets the opportunity this time. We can be suspect to crosses and the way he despatched that header against Scunthorpe was classy.

Come on then, what result do you predict?

My crystal ball predicts a close game but Villa will lose 2-1.

For the interview I did for Chelsea: Click Here




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 28 2006

Time: 2:29PM

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Good interview, I would certainly fear Drogba but I think with 100% concentration for the full game we could get a draw. A home win seems more likely though, if it helps keep manure from winning the title then I will not feel too bad.
irish villa
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28/09/2006 14:42:00

No idea which Chelsea fan you found to do this interview, but he doesn't seem to watch much Chelsea. "He`s even chasing back to win possession when the ball has been lost something he`d never have done twelve months ago." What utter balls. Even when he was diving like Greg Louganis, he still worked his bits off to track back.
rjh
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28/09/2006 15:04:00

good of him to be respectful, alot of chelsea fans think they walk on water. i'm going for a draw, but we can snatch it.
bobbyfett
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28/09/2006 15:07:00

I would like to think we can get a point here. ts not impossible.
Donzarra
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28/09/2006 15:32:00

if we can get a point out of them with david o'sh~*y then we can defenitley do it with MON (who i shall now refer to as GOD!)
bobbyfett
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28/09/2006 15:40:00

"What do you think of Martin O'Neill, were you surprised he came to Villa?" Why do you ask questions which have a negative connotation for our club?
ooahPaulMcGrath
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28/09/2006 16:02:00

its a good point ooaahpaulmcgrath, you have to think back to the point that he was offered the job, remember, you were probably like me, in may i was awaiting another main course of pain, suffering for dessert, finished off with a glass of relegation. thank god for lerner !
bobbyfett
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28/09/2006 16:24:00

SERIOUS QUESTION for Aston Villa fans: what will you do when Randy Lerner gets bored with football and decides that he wants to buy a racing car or a racehorse stable or something?
EuroBlue
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28/09/2006 16:59:00

let him pass the club onto the new chairman? who cares as long as we have O'Neill running the team and he has financial backing :)
industrial_musical
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28/09/2006 17:14:00

nothing negative at all in that ooahpaulmcgrath, had plenty of my mates (Villa fans) tell me O'Neill would never come to Villa, he was waiting for Man Utd etc. I'm not going to ****** foot around and worry about my ever word though. :-P
The Fear
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28/09/2006 17:19:00

http://www.chelsea.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=32428 interview I did for the Chelsea site (also added link at the end of the article now)
The Fear
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28/09/2006 17:20:00

Euroblue, of all people how can a Chelsea fan ask that??? How about you replace "Randy lerner" with 'Roman Abramovich" and tell me what answer you come up with??
As for the game, Villa fans shouldn't be very pessimistic going into the game. if we didn't thrash you at emirates, i don't see why Chelsea will do it. And if Boro can beat them, you should at the very least get a point off them.
Gaga
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28/09/2006 17:27:00

Gaga, you really are a donut. It's because I'm a Chelsea fan that I'm asking that question. We had people for months and months and months asking us 'SERIOUS QUESTION' and then the most banal of things. So you'll forgive me if I have a laugh and do the same.
EuroBlue
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28/09/2006 18:48:00

Here, why don't youse two b*gg*r off and argue down your own end!! lol :o)
BobTheBuilder
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28/09/2006 19:31:00

Chelsea are a class act from the owner right on down, despite the negative press they seem to attract. Potential European Champions, virtual certs for the Premiership title. Good luck to them I say. Can we get a result down there? Yes of course we can, but to do so we're going to have to step up to at least another level to that we've been operating on this season to date.
glensider
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28/09/2006 21:11:00

***** ground, very ***** support, no singing. Average club before that bent Russian took over. Thats all I have to say on Chelsea, despite the fact I hate them
crosswesleyanchapel
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29/09/2006 10:46:00

You know the saying every dog has his day, no team is unbeatable, one slip, one moment of magic is all it takes, UTV
steff_the_villan
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29/09/2006 15:21:00

You cheeky mongrel EuroBlue, if anyone can beat the special one its the Xtra special one
TuBBz
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30/09/2006 13:37:00

Stick that one in your pipe and smoke it Chelsea fan! :)
DeanoVilla
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01/10/2006 10:28:00

The Chelsea boys could be in for a little bit of a shock. This Villa team has a bit more about them than has been obvious in recent seasons.
glensider
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30/03/2007 22:16:00

 

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