My relationship with Aston Villa Football Club, as a loyal fan, has been something I’ve clung to in my lifetime. Like many football fans, to me, football is my escape. It’s a pastime. It’s a science. And in recent times, it’s become an occupation.
This past week can only be described as gutting for Aston Villa; losing 2-0 away to Southampton, relegation rivals Norwich, West Ham, and Watford picking up wins, and Bournemouth earning a hard-fought point against Chelsea. The St Mary’s shocker prompted manager Dean Smith to say that “some players have played their way out” of the line-up for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City – but what tricks could Dean Smith possibly pull out of his sleeve?
Manchester City have dominated English football for many seasons now, whilst Villa have been dormant in the Championship for the past three seasons we’ve not had the novelty of visiting stadia in the form of the Etihad or the (dis)pleasure of pitting our wits against the greatest manager in world football, with arguably the best team in Europe. Read More »