Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Squad v CSKA Moscow

Squad v CSKA Moscow

Squad v CSKA Moscow

I am once again baffled. Last time it was Ashley Young's absence from the England starting 11, and now it is our squad for the game on Thursday.

Lets not forget that this is a tournament that we toiled for entry into all season long last year. And then after narrowly missing out, began our season a month early to gain entry via the Intertoto cup. Now we are
risking elimination from it by fielding a weakened side. Why oh why have we been subjected to such a hoorah about finally regaining a place in Europe, where we belong if we are prepared to, possibly, give it up so easily!? Why did the club give out thousands of flags to create a European atmosphere for a trophy which it clearly doesn't value!?

I am not blind, I too can see that we have appeared jaded in recent games, but as I am constantly told by my mates at uni 'There is plenty of time to rest when your dead!!'. If we don't seize opportunities to try and gain silverware because the players are tired then I think something is wrong. These are young blokes at the peak of physical fitness, and in my opinion fatigue should be no excuse. We may not have the biggest squad, but thanks to MON we do have some quality replacements, and there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to play another 20 games tops, which would take us to glory in the UEFA and to the pot at the end of the rainbow, I mean the Champions League!

Now to get away from all this pessimism (I know it is hard. We are, after all ,Villa fans!). We have given ourselves a reasonable chance of proceeding, even with a weakened side. The young lads have a chance to step up and I for one have seen enough quality there to think that maybe, just maybe, we can still do it!

Now all that's left to say is COME ON THE VILLA, we can still do it, and if we fail we lets not go quietly! :o)

AstonVillaFC



For the very latest Premier League odds

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

Writer:AstonVillaFC
Date:Wednesday February 25 2009
Time: 9:55AM

Comments

0
If the excuse is that they are tired then they are not fit enough in the first place!! They play 90 minutes a week and train 4 or 5 times a week for a couple of hours in the morning ffs!
nottinghamvillain
25/02/2009 11:42:00
0
so we can get in the top 4 for crying out loud. its pretty obvious
ric112
25/02/2009 11:49:00
0
Everyone is banging on about our squad not being big enough yet we are still sending out enough players to Moscow! Yes it's not the same quality as the likes of Man U but what do people expect in only a few years under MON. Personally I like the way we have bought in a few players at a time to bed them in and slowly improve. It's a squad game these days and MON is simply using the squad he has Roll on Champions League next season
2fishinatank
25/02/2009 12:23:00
0
Anyone read the Mellberg article on BBC Sport - he says how he got loads of free time when at Villa. I thought this was due to rarely being in Europe with Villa but no - he says he still talks to Laursen weekly and they compare their days off and he is still not getting enough. Olof says he has had two days off since Christmas. Players tired my arse. Suck it up lads and earn your money. Take a break now but any less than 100% v Stoke on Sunday and a CONVINCING win will do.
deano.avfc
25/02/2009 12:31:00
0
Some quotes from Olly: "When we travel to away games, he'll (Ranieri) be very clear on how he wants the defence to work. I wouldn't call it homework but we'll work on the opposition. We work more on tactics than we did at Aston Villa."
deano.avfc
25/02/2009 12:39:00
0
This is the one that worries me ________________________________________________________ "I think I've had two days off since Christmas so I just tend to relax with my family when I have spare time," he says. "We train a lot here. We have a lot more sessions than I did at Villa. I can only compare with Aston Villa, but I got more days off in the Premier League. "I speak to Villa captain Martin Laursen almost every week, he's my best friend, and it's good to compare with him the days we're in and the days we are off. "I guess it's part of being at a big club and I knew that before I came here. If we're not playing a game then we're preparing for the next one. "We don't necessarily train harder than I did at Villa but we're at the club more often. We come in and recover. I didn't have as many games at Villa so I had more time off."
deano.avfc
25/02/2009 12:39:00
0
Doesn't particularly concern me, the coaches clearly know what they are doing. Is it just me who thinks that the club is sending out major mixed signals about how highly they value this competition? I mean the flags and the fuss about been back in Europe one week and then the next we have half the junior team flying out to Moscow. Very confusing!
AstonVillaFC
25/02/2009 15:11:00
0
We have about as much chance as another English team did in the Crimean War.... This is a re-run of the charge of the light brigade!
villa_de
25/02/2009 19:43:00
0
Nice analogy! ha If this is the case then who is volunteering to write a very nice poem about the game!? :D
AstonVillaFC
25/02/2009 20:58:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Garde - I Have To Be Backed

With fans already saying few would blame him if Remi Garde downed tools and raised two fingers to the board following their lack of January exploits...

Remi Garde - Back Me Or See The Back Of Me

Remi says he'd be willing to stay at Aston Villa next season if we go down but only if the club give him the resources necessary to come back up.

Garde Talks Up The Defence

Manager Remi Garde has done his normal midweek piece and in this edition he talks about the 'massive solidarity' amongst our back four.

Premier League Rebrands Ready For Villa Departure

The Premier League have today confirmed that they are rebranding from the 2016-17 season and inevitably the Lion goes.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Profile
Mike Field
Profile
Steve Wade
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
Profile
Turkish Penguin
Profile
Glensider
Profile
Chris Heath
Profile
M Calucar
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn5%
Richards1%
Okore11%
Lescott9%
Cissokho0%
Bacuna0%
Gana33%
Westwood1%
Gil7%
Agbonlahor25%
Veretout7%
Sub - Clark1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Who will be Channel 4's lead presenter?
Latest Vital Boxing News
AUDIO: Hearn: Joshua's next fight will be big
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions478
2.The Fear271
3.ClivetheVillan240
4.Fulford237
5.JuanPabloAngel168
6.sirdennis163
7.revdpete156
8.DeanoVilla129
9.Wurzel113
10.He'sBiggerThanMe&You89
Vital Football Comment