Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Chelsea Fan Predicts Villa Loss

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 Josè 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

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday September 28 2006
Time: 2:29PM


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
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.
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.
28/09/2006 15:07:00
I would like to think we can get a point here. ts not impossible.
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!)
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?
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 !
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?
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 :)
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
28/09/2006 17:19:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (578)

If Villa are not quite sunk just yet they are definitely all at sea.

Bruce Working Hard To Turn It Around

Manager Steve Bruce has covered a number of different topics in his pre Norwich City press conference earlier today.

Bruce Gives Injury Update Ahead Of Norwich

Manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Mile Jedinak could make a return this weekend as we look to get our season underway.

Premier League Cup Draw - U23s

The draw for the 32 team Premier League Cup took place earlier this afternoon and there are a few significant Midland derby clashes this year.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Norwich City will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Mid season report from Ferrari, Merc & Red Bul
Latest Vital Boxing News
Pacquiao v Horn Re-Match Almost Agreed
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear254
2.Pride of Lions210
6.Melon Donkey165
The Vital Football Members League