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Guzan To Grab Europa With Both Hands

Guzan To Grab Europa With Both Hands

Brad Guzan is nostalgic for the European nights of his first season, and he's called on the faithful to recreate the atmosphere within the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium when Vienna visit.

Speaking on the Official Site Guzan admits it was hellishly intimidating last night.

'In the first leg, we knew coming into it that it was going to be a difficult game and a hostile environment.

'We'll be looking forward to next week and striving to advance. Our ultimate goal in Europe is to get through to these group stages and bring back some nights to remember at Villa Park.'

As to his own 'unique' experience in last nights game, he admits you can be standing 5ft away from a team mate bellowing at them and they still can't here you, but that's part and parcel of football and just something as a professional you have to deal with.


'You don't want to see some of that though. Unfortunately there were a few things - liquid beverages - but you have to put things like that behind you too.'

A small minority of Rapid fans last night showed their class without doubt. A cigarette lighter at Guzan that the referee carried to the fourth official, and water or pop amongst what looked like slightly more solid objects at Andreas Weimann as he was stretchered off.

Not really the way to make friends, but then again with the way some of their players did JFK impressions and seemed more interested in injuring players than using the ball for it's original purpose, it's hardly surprising really.

Guzan ends his interview by praising the youngsters, especially in light of the behaviour of some of the fans.

'It's brilliant when you see young lads stepping up in games like this - in front of a crowd like this - and see them put in the performances they did.'

Kevin MacDonald was slightly more philosophical on the events of the night.

When discussing the water bottle that was thrown at Barry Bannan, he quipped:

'I never actually saw the bottle of water being thrown at Barry, but he probably needed it because it was quite warm out there!'

Before adding when you visit stadiums like this around Europe, whilst you don't expect objects to be thrown, you do expect a vociferous support - unfortunately the way of the world, it just means the players have to deal with it.

The sooner such idiots are removed from football the better, there's no place for throwing objects onto the pitch whether it's the Gerhard Hanappi or Villa Park.

According to the BBC, Uefa are waiting on referee Alain Hamer's report before deciding if action will taken over the incidents.

If his report is anything like his refereeing last night he'll miss the obvious bits, condone the dirty tackles from behind by moving to the next paragraph, and focus on his conversation with Big Mac.

In games like that you need a strong referee, I don't count being able to lift his own whistle and play with it as a particularly good qualification criteria.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday August 20 2010
Time: 4:11PM


So the first two posted comments are against our own players, although mjlmidlands was a constructive one. Guzan has asked for an intimidating atmosphere at VP next week. Not for comments on the players. Well let me tell you what it will probably be like. Despite affordable prices £10/£20 adults, I anticipate the ground will be 40% empty. The Vienna fans will make more noise than us (as they did last year). Redscouse played last night at home with a weakened team (7 changes to the team that played Arsenal at home 4 days earlier). It was live on mainstream TV and it was in a competition that they would generally rather not be in. But still they got a full house. Lets see how we stack up with our support next week. I can't believe that our youngsters have come through a baptism of fire and done the club proud, but still people (I would use the term supporters, but that is reserved for those who support rather than critisise) would rather snipe than praise!! What is wrong with people??? However I will be the first to apologise if Villa Park is full and rocking next week.
20/08/2010 17:01:00
Yet it's almost a whole post saying how bad our fans are? Ignore those who make ridiculous comments that are wholly without merit - they won't last long, and then remember those who levy criticism on a website are entitled to their opinions. And love it loathe it, Liverpool have a bigger fanbase - deal with it, pretty pathetic to attack your fellow fans who no doubt won't be attending because of work, or other commitments. I envy fans who can go every week, rain or shine, not worry about the bank balance and dictate what prices are affordable for everybody else...but most of them don't take every opportunity to try and imply they are better than those who can't go.

Coincidently if we are making baseless and pointless assumptions to suit our own standpoints, surely if the Vienna fans outsing the Villa fans, that's more to do with the fans that are there who will still out number them?
20/08/2010 17:40:00
mike_field, it is this acceptance of medocrity that makes a mockery of our club. And your peddling of acceptance is just another nail in the coffin. We have more than enough support to fill our ground twice over. The excuse of work or other commitments doesn't wash. If we were playing Real Madrid the ground would be full. There would ne no work or finance exuses then. Real fans watch the Villa regardless of the opposition. So those who do go regardless of the opposition are much better suporters than those who pick and choose the games dependent on the opposition . . . . deal with that.
21/08/2010 12:05:00
And the push for unreachable perfection that you desire irrespective of people's real life situation doesn't make a mockery of our club? The facts are we've been a mediocre club for the best part of over a decade, attendances have bounced depending on our good seasons under Ellis and then dropped under the bad. There's been a rough overall improvement in the last 4 years - first two especially, but the type of football served up for the last 2 years, the issues with Monny and now the concern over where do we go now etc have seen a lot of people drop off/and others come back, who were regulars. Add into that the economy, which I also know you dismiss from previous posts sees our attendance fluctuate depending on the type of opposition.

You call it mediocrity etc, I simply see it as a dose of realism.

You say Real Madrid in town, or a Man Utd etc yeah of course we'd fill. Those who pick and choose games because of money would rather see Utd or Madrid compared to the likes of Bolton etc. Equally the prawn and corporate bunch would be out in force simply because of the opposition. Why is that so hard to understand? For those who pick and choose, they'll do their best to pick and choose a game they will be excited to watch, something to live in their memory etc as opposed to the risk of a bore draw and humpalot like a game against Bolton or the lower category clubs. It's not a new invention, and I guess a large majority of fans have had to do just that at some point in their lives as they do their best to balance real life with Villa life.

You'd also find aswell that for those that simply can't afford it they wouldn't be there even for the big games, they'd just feel guilty about missing it more than normal. Same would go for those who are working and couldn't take a holiday for it.

Real fans who watch regardless of the opposition have the money and the desire to, that's the bottom line. Nobody is less of a fan because their financials don't allow them to do that, regardless of how often you claim those 'excuses' would disappear if Real Madrid fell into town. They wouldn't and until you get your head around that, and realise a good majority of fans probably dodge a bill to go once a month because it's the best they can do and still leaves them struggling, rather than being bitched at by a superior attitude for not going for the other 3 weeks, maybe a bit of praise would be due to them for making a sacrifice you clearly have no notion of.

I honestly think you've generalised the whole prawn bunch who will only go for Utd, Liverpool etc - the love of Villa comes out 2-3 times a season and then goes back in the closet for 12 months, and now seem to think that applies to absolutely everybody else regardless of real life. If that's me accepting mediocrity so be it, would rather you think that wrongly rather than share your viewpoint of dismissing and being condescending to a large number of my fellow fans.

Afterall by your standard somebody who's been a season ticket holder for a decade, but can no longer afford to go every game and starts picking and choosing has suddenly become a mediocre fan who is now holding the club back, and is worth much less to the club/and cares less about the club than a first time new season ticket holder who got the bug after going to 6 games the previous years.
21/08/2010 15:15:00
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