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Villa Crush Italian Champs!

Villa Crush Italian Champs!

Aston Villa basked in the mid afternoon sun to see off Inter Milan 3-0.

Villa were the brightest throughout the game and Inter seldom threatened and didn't test our keeper, Taylor, once throughout the 90 minutes.

Gareth Barry scored two, one from the penalty spot and the towering inferno that is Martin Laursen scored the other.

Milan looked short of pace and match rusty, but then again, they took on and beat Manchester United midweek (or so I believe, can't claim to have seen that result myself!). It certainly wasn't a weak side that Milan put out:

Inter: J.Cesar, Stankovic, Maxwell, Ibrahimovic, Cruz, Jimenez, Dacourt, Materazzi, Samuel, Chivu, Cesar. Subs: Toldo, Fillipini, Pedleli, Figo (replaced Jimenez at half time), Adriano (replaced Ibrahimovic 64), Fikol, Fatic (replaced Samuel 78), Balotelli, Boltoni, Santiago (replaced Materazzi ht), Suazo (replaced Cruz ht)

But Villa were brighter, had more pace, didn't let the Italian champions settle on the ball and played good attacking, passing football. Nice to see the long balls were non existent and that the full use of the pace of Luke Moore, Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor was used to good measure.

So, no worries then, ready for Saturday against Liverpool? Well, a friendly is a friendly, the Premiership is a different matter. With a new goalie and a recognised right-back, we might just hold our own though, certainly the squad (albeit short on numbers) is looking good pace wise and there are a few options up front. An injury or two though and this paper thin squad would be decimated. Hopefully the next week will see that situation resolved, if not it'll be a Russian roulette first half to the season.

For this game, Villa lined up with Cahill as right back in the first half, he looked ok and did a couple of lovely insightful passes forward. The second half Craig Gardner was right-back and to be fair, he was beaten for speed a few times and made a lunging tackle that resulted in a yellow card. In the Prem he'll simply not get away with those sort of challenges, more's the pity because that is the sort of football I like, good on him!

The main worry again was Stiliyan Petrov, he seemed to give the ball away more than the others although he did pull off one nice shot that was well saved. Hopefully he'll blossom into our playmaker this season, at the price he came in at, he's got to hasn't he?

Overall it was a good entertaining game and a great afternoon out. I believe the announcer said the attendance was 36 000 something, although it was muffled so I'm not certain on that. I had to be on my best behaviour this afternoon because I took my mom and dad to the match, I was very subdued (by my standards anyway) but did have to ask Louis Figo why he had banana's on his feet. Well, you do wonder don't you?

The new season? Bring it on!

VILLA: Taylor, Cahill, Mellberg, Laursen, Bouma, Young, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Barry, Moore, Agbonlahor. Subs: Bevan, Harewood (replaced Agbonlahor 72), Berger (replaced Mellberg 72), Gardner (replaced Cahill ht), Osbourne (replaced Laursen 81), Maloney (replaced Young 74), O'Halloran, Stieber, Lowry.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 4 2007
Time: 6:16PM


I thought Petrov did ok. Reo-Coker was definatley MOM for me, the guy showed great spirit and determination. Ibrahimovic was awful for them.
04/08/2007 18:26:00
Gabby's a flyin machine! I thought Petrov was mediocre and blamed every one else when he lost it. Reo is the type of player you'd want to punch he's nigly.
04/08/2007 18:32:00
Don't know why it posted when I hadn't finished? Anyway... Reo got really stuck in, Barry was sublime, but in the 10 mins Harewood was on i didn't take to him. He seemed well off the pace. Superb day out, and a great competitve friendly. Highlight of the day... the ejit in the suit running on the pitch with footy boots on??
04/08/2007 18:35:00
Reo-Coker was excellent, Inter didn't like it when we got stuck into them and Reo v Dacourt was interesting as was Laursen v Ibrahimovic who was made to look a complete ***** on occasion. Adriano and Figo were very disappointing but by then we were so much in control there wasn't much they could do. At the end of the day it was a pre-season friendly , but still it was Internazionale and we absolutely battered them.............
04/08/2007 18:54:00
ppl are still moaning about the game and we won Jesus but am over the moon its just too bad Steibler didn't get to play yet again
04/08/2007 19:00:00
Positives - Well obviously the fact we won 3-0 against Inter; Laursen was sensational; for your hard man to start a fight 20mins into his home debut is always a good thing; Gabby's pace is scary; I'd say Barry was exceptional but he always plays like that; Freddie Bouma has learned how to pass a ball! Negatives - We need a right-back badly; we ended the match with one defender on the field; Marlon was a bit wayward most of the time; and would somone please buy the Inter physio a tracksuit!?!!?
04/08/2007 19:10:00
Christo - We're still in transfer rumour mode so when you watch a match you don't just say we won 3-0 and leave at that. You look at how you can improve. Are you saying we can't and there's no need to buy anyone? Did you see how inexperienced our bench was. We finished with Obsorne & Barry at centre back with gardner at RB. I thought it was a superb performance and when I looked at the scoreboard to see the name Inter Milan on it, I thought how brilliant it would be to have those Euro nights again. UPV
04/08/2007 19:19:00
Who's moaning?
04/08/2007 19:24:00
I aint seen the match yet but I do still think we need to buy players I love seeing guys come in but am just saying am really happy with them and it seems were good even with just them but we cant carry on like that all season though
04/08/2007 19:25:00
some people on the forum
04/08/2007 19:25:00
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