After that performance the large majority of Villa fans will place themselves in one of two camps. The optimistic B6 natives will take a positive stance and argue the fact that our opposition had won all twenty four of their home games this season and it’s harsh to claim this is a game we should’ve taken points from.
Four games into Project Restart and the Premier League is back in full swing, just not as we know it. In amongst the empty stadiums and socially distanced substitutes however, some things never change and Aston Villa are still in a relegation battle. It’s hard to know exactly how to feel regarding the team, especially as tensions are so high at the moment, but rest assured, I’m here to lay out some important strengths and weaknesses to consider after the first four games of the restart.
In my early school years when all that really mattered was ‘Match Attax’ and ‘Panini’ sticker books I was witness to Villa’s steady decline from 6th place finishes to battling relegation. This meant two things for me after I’d inherited being a Villa fan from my dad and his 14 brothers and sisters. Number one: other Villa fans in my class were going to stop supporting Villa and start supporting more successful clubs. Number two: I was going to be mocked for being one of the only remaining Villa fans.
With project restart now in full swing and June 17th being the date for Villa’s first match since our 4-0 loss against Leicester, football will be different with the new circumstances. Behind closed doors, certain games being at neutral venues, 5 substitutes per game, expanding the number of players in the squads? With all these rules yet to be confirmed it’s worth considering how we could use them to our advantage in the fight for survival.