Cup action at stamford bridge tonight, and a change of heart from me. Following our victory at the weekend, I was all for us playing the kids in the cup and resting the first team ready for the weekend. But on reflection I now want us to field our strongest team tonight.
Football is all about winning trophies at the end of the day. And since Villa have not yet got European football in B6. I don’t think we should be wrapping our senior players up in cotton wool, especially this early in the season. Besides given our next league opponent’s and our horrendous record against them. Will any of us be that surprised if it continued this weekend? So why risk an early cup exit. It’s not like it’s April and European football is within touching distance.
A Cup Run
So I would rather we try and win a cup and finish 10th or thereabouts in the league. Then to just prioritize the league and then only end up finishing 8th or 9th. Because we still won’t have European football. Dean Smith can still give some of the Kids cameo roles, afterall, we don’t want to hinder their development.
Tonight is a perfect opportunity for our first team to avenge their 3-0 loss in the league. Personally I believe had we taken our chances, and not made silly mistakes, I think we would have won that game. But football is unforgiving and is always decided on mistakes, or moments of brilliance.
Even if Chelsea were to field their second string tonight. It’s still going to be extremely difficult to get us into the hat for the next round. Because Chelsea are blessed with a wealth of talent. However I do believe that our first team will feel like they have unfinished business and will want to avenge their league defeat.
Of course playing our big guns could result in unnecessary injuries that could impact our season. But injuries can occur in any game, and if we are going to go on and win the cup we’re going to have to field our best 11 at some point, so why not tonight.