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It's Not The Stan Show

Stiliyan Petrov is adamant Villa's team ethic is the reason for our UEFA progression and our league form, not just his individual improvement.

Petrov has been receiving rave reviews for his form so far this season, with Martin O'Neill recently commenting that we as fans are finally seeing the Petrov he knew at Celtic. But the player, whilst undoubtedly happy, has been quick to deflect the praise.

Speaking on the official site ahead of tomorrow's Lovech match, Petrov said:

'I enjoyed being back in my country for the first leg. We got a good result too and hopefully we will get what we need on Thursday to put us into the group stages.

'I am loving my football at the moment. You always enjoy it when the team is doing well. We are all working so hard and training is very intense.

'We all want to play as much as possible - we want to be in the team. If the fierce competition for places continues, it will be fantastic because good performances are essential.

'A lot was made of my return to Bulgaria in the first leg but it is a team game.

'Everyone in football knows the team is the most important thing. It's a collective effort.

'No individuals win you the game - it's the team and the squad. It is Villa versus Litex not Stiliyan Petrov versus Litex.'

It may be a team game, but it's moments of individual brilliance that wins you matches. Success comes when you can combine the two, and at the moment we are.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 30 2008

Time: 3:44PM

Your Comments

Nice to know he's not one to blow his own trumpet.
PTP
Suggesting some may consider he has single handedly improved Villa this season is not blowing his own trumpet, then? :-D
ForeverHoop
When did he suggest that, Scotty? As far as I know, this guy is very genuine and was always approachable by the fan in the street, even when he was taking a lot of stick in the forums. If he wasn't such a nice guy when you had hjm, maybe you should try looking to yourselves for possible reasons ...
BobTheBuilder
ForeverHoop, he dosent just spit out 5 paragraphs worth without being asked questions, maybe it was the reporters questions that were suggesting it? Nice to see that now Maloney is gone we still have the Bitters voyeuring away over the odd petrov or MON story. We'd really miss it if you didn't ;) Btw Stan did leave 2 years ago, you can let it go you know.
Mickey_Villa
Oh, I'm not claiming the words attributed to Petrov are actually his, just wondered how the original commenter was drawing the conclusion he was. As we are all aware, players have not been able to give their real opinions for years (and when they do, they are disciplined - as with Barry and the NOTW). I just personally despise official club propaganda, whether it be from Celtic, Villa, Hull City or Kilmarnock! We'd all rather hear the players' real thoughts, but know we will seldom get the chance. Politicians have their scripts written for them, and have done for some time, and the same is the case with footballers. Very sad, but part of the modern game. Unfortunately!
ForeverHoop
So why suggest he was 'blowing his own trumpet' then, if you are aware that they were probably not his words, or were at the very least prompted and/or quoted selectively?
BobTheBuilder
Maybe this is the player MON knew he was and the rest of the world has just had to wait to see him as he can be on the park. In all honesty since his wonder goal at Derby last season he has been a different player. Its no wonder he is riding high in the Optima stats.
col8
i met petrov in harvey nichols, top guy. sound as a pound.
Stig
Stig was he buying hair dye?
col8
Long before his superb effort at Derby Col, he was really looking the business. I think most always appreciated that there was a top notch footballer in there, at long last he's proving it week in, week out.
glensider
If we were voting now for Player Of The Season to date, arguably Stan would lift the award. Consistency and skill, confidence in abundance, he looks the complete footballer.
glensider
 

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