Smiths Villans face Tottenham at the weekend, and it’s a real opportunity for us to make it three wins on the spin with back to back away victories. It would be great going into the International break on the back of three succesive wins. But to achieve that were going to have to be at our very best. Because if were not, Tottenham are more than capable of bouncing back against us. The way I see it, if we turn up and play with the same intensity as we did last weekend. They won’t be able to live with us, and not many team will this season.
They may well have Harry I don’t want to be here Kane. But we have evolved and are no longer reliant on any one player. Let’s be blunt here, Spurs have big problems at present. They made the gooners look like Barcelona of old last weekend. On that showing and given our confidence I can’t see anything other than a Villa win. As the great man once said, would you bet against us? Considering our stuttering start were not in a bad position. Chelsea are the only team above us, who we’ve dropped points against. Our win at Manchester United, is probably the second most important win of Dean Smith’s Villa career. If only for a while, it should shut up the Smith out shouts, just like our 7-2 mauling of Liverpool did last season.
From Wembley To Old Trafford And Beyond
The Villa team that beat Manchester United featured three players in our starting eleven from the playoff final. One of them got the winning goal, Kourtney Hause. The other two John McGinn & Tyrone Mings we’re both instrumental in Villa’s win. We also have another three players from that 2019 squad, who make up our current squad. Steer, Tuanzebe, El Ghazi.
Villa have enjoyed a rapid rise in a short time. The only top six side Smiths Villans are yet to defeat since winning promotion is Manchester City. I am hoping we put that ghost to bed this season and the players use our victory against Manchester United as the catalyst to push on further. Surely it’s only a matter of time before Smiths Villans go on to achieve bigger and better things.
My age means that I am fortunate enough to have witnessed the great Ron Saunders era. There are many parallels between then and now. For those not so fortunate, let me tell you, I believe were witnessing the start of something really special down at Villa Park again.
Like Ron Saunders, Dean Smith also guided us to promotion in his first season in charge. And like during that Saunders era, we also have some exceptional talent coming through from the youth. They are growing in stature, not only physically, but their developing a reputation. The similarities don’t stop there. Under both Saunders & Smith rebuilds were the order of the day. Like Saunders, Smith’s as proved capable of identifying individuals to play a specific role. To date, Smith’s Villans have improved with each season thats passed. Our rise as been so rapid were now able to go toe to toe with the established big boys. You simply don’t do that if your manager isn’t also improving on the job.