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Knocked out of Europe in August!

Premier League Aston Villa
by Mich_Caine (U13882258) 27 August 2009
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But are you bothered? There were so many empty seats at Villa Park tonight, it doesn't look like your fans really care too much.

But also, considering Martin O'Neill has spent so much money as Villa manager, I have to say I think you have a very ordinary team. Your defence is very ordinary, your midfield without Barry looks average at best and although I like Carew and Agbonlahor, you don't seem to have many good strikers in depth.

Shame that you have been knocked out, I had hoped you would have a good run in Europe this year.

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posted Aug 28, 2009

'Not good enough for a team with CL aspirations.'

He played in the CL final for Valencia. If you're gonna make a statement at least have some knowledge.

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posted Aug 28, 2009

It's all good and well blaming it on MON's transfer policy, but how are we supposed to attract decent/world class players? Look at Wesley Sneijder. Why would he want to move from one of the best teams in europe, with CL football, to a club like Villa? Everton have shown more consistancy than Villa and played more european football, but what big names have they attracted?

So unless you have CL football each season, a rep and history of being one of the finest teams in the world, or have the money of Man city (more to pay ludicrous wages to attract players than transfer fees), how exactly are you supposed to attract world class players to strengthen your team/squad?

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comment by ginge (U5768453)

posted Aug 28, 2009

I am convinced MON is a lucky manager and we did not get everything our way last night. Rapid are a very ordinary team that made villa look even more ordinary. I think the problem was when we are at home MON likes to play 442 and with delph whom is an exciting prospect and petrov whom last night seemed to be not able to control the ball ,our midfield was overrun and left our defence exposed. In my view Reo coker has to play in midfield all the time and we would then have to play with one striker a majority of the time so we dont get sucker punched against teams that can break quickly.

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posted Aug 28, 2009

I went to the Villa vs Vienna (Rapid) game and it is safe to say we should have put the game out of sight long before they got the important away goal.
However as a football fan you have to respect and appauld the fans of Rapid Vienna, all night they did not stop singing,chanting and dancing all in rhythm to the drum. They were awesome.
We met up with a few of them in Birmingham, exchanged shirts and pleasantries and didn't stop drinking until very late. Suffering now though! We are going to Rapid in November to watch a game over there. Fans were crazy but well behaved. A credit to their nation and club! ps Please excuse any spelling mistakes as i have a terrible hangover.
Cheers!

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comment by ginge (U5768453)

posted Aug 28, 2009

just to add better a quick death than a slow one. Europa is a second rate competiion but beggars cant be choosers. Last year MON made some wrong decisions in the comp last year and our whole season suffered. He has made another wrong decision by putting delph in ahead of reo coker in a european match. Would someone tell ex aston villa managers not to be commentators on our matches and the villa fans to cheer there team on before they start to lose. Im no from birmingham but have been a villain all my life almost 30 years and when i occasionally go to matches the villa fans have lost the game before they start. ok we dont win alot but nobody else does either. we need to create an atmospehere like the 12 th man at anfield or even stoke that puts pressure on the away teams. when teams go to stoke or anfield they are always less confident , but at villa they show more confidence.just wanted to get that off my chest very saddened villa fan at early exit but look forward to a home win against fulham

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comment by ilokid (U8469420)

posted Aug 28, 2009

Given the total disdain that O'Neil showed in last year's 'Europa Cup' competition, Aston Villa deserved to exit at the first hurdle.

This performance continues to demonstrate that O'Neill competence as a manager is again being called into question. Given the amount of money that he has spent over the last 2 years, the owner and AV fans deserve more than he appears capable of delivering. Expect him to be gone by Christmas.

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posted Aug 28, 2009

@ RapidRules:

1.: Yes, you've beat our C-team in a lame friendly match at home in July, your team's greatest victory of all time (which tells a lot). 2.: Go to the opera house, that's a lot less frustrating than supporting a team that doesn't even have a slight chance of passing the group phase of the Europa League, also known as the loser league (it's actually a sensation you've reached that, even though Villa didn't seem too keen on winning).

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comment by Kubali (U13723610)

posted Aug 28, 2009

'So unless you have CL football each season, a rep and history of being one of the finest teams in the world, or have the money of Man city (more to pay ludicrous wages to attract players than transfer fees), how exactly are you supposed to attract world class players to strengthen your team/squad?'

You don't need world class players to beat Rapid Vienna! Championship sides would be able to beat them...

Saying that its not all that bad at Villa. They did beat Liverpool 3-1 a week or ago.

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posted Nov 21, 2009

<laugh> <laugh>

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