‘They have the dynamic’ How the Premier League has welcomed back Aston Villa
After three long seasons in the Championship, Aston Villa are back in the Premier League.
Dean Smith turned his boyhood club’s fortunes around, going on a record breaking run of wins, before winning the play-offs.
And Villa’s owners seemingly have no intention of making up the numbers in the top flight. A stunning summer spending spree saw the claret and blues spend over £100m and bring 12 players in.
That isn’t to say it will be easy going for Villa , as they once again dine at the top table of the English football.
But how do the rest of the Premier League rate Villa? We’ll keep a record of what the opposition managers have said about them so far this season.
We’ll update this page as the weeks and matches go by. This is what’s been said so far.
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Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Having signed 12 players this summer, many outsiders have claimed that Villa are in danger of ‘doing a Fulham’ but Pochettino is backing Smith and Villa to get it right, for he believes a club of Villa’s stature have such an ability to.
“It’s easy to maybe have the capacity to sign 10-15 players and spend money. The most difficult now is for the coach as the manager needs to build a team and create a dynamic that make you look like a team because to arrive with a lot of players is a massive job.
“If you sign too much, sometimes it’s a big disadvantage like what happened with Fulham last season. To find a balance is not easy and of course for the manager is a massive job now to stick all the pieces and try to work.
“It’s a job that only can happen with time. Of course, Aston Villa need time to build that dynamic that will help you win games. For me, the manager is a great manager and I admire him.
“For sure they have the capacity to create a dynamic that Aston Villa deserve as they are a historic club with fantastic fans and an amazing stadium.”
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
Two goals in the first 12 minutes was enough for the Cherries to come out as 2-1 winners at Villa Park. But Howe appreciated what a difficult proposition it was to come and win on B6.
“It was a hard game, really hard game, Villa are a really good team. We knew in the second half it was going to be difficult.
“I have to say Villa made it a really good game today. I thought they played very well. I think they have some really good players. And that’s why I think it’s a big win to come here and perform the way we did.
“I think the home support are very good for Aston Villa today. I think that was something we had to contend with and deal with. I thought in the main, we did that pretty well.”
Marco Silva (Everton)
Villa’s first win of the season came at home to Everton, but Silva felt his side deserved more from the game.
“We knew before the match it’s a tough place to play football, a good atmosphere to play, when you come to play you have to play with quality and enjoy the moment even if the support is really strong for the home team. But really we should play with more quality and enjoy the moment because these are the moments to your personality and character.
“My feeling is we didn’t achieve what we deserved. We started well. When you play and you have three or four clear chances to score and don’t score, it’s not the best for us.
“After the first time they went into our box they score. In moments we have to do different things. After, we reacted we had a clear chance with Dominic Calvert-Lewin. It’s not easy to play against nine players around their box. Alex Iwobi was an unlucky moment for us and, when you look at the chances, we deserved something more.
“When you don’t win a football match, it’s never a good performance. To have possession for me is nothing. We created three clear chances to score. It was not the best performance.”
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Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)
In a game that will go down in Premier League history, Villa lost 1-0 to Palace, but that barely scratched the surface with Smith’s men having a last gasp injury controversially ruled out. But Hodgson felt that his side’s performance should be the thing that was discussed.
“Of course there was controversy about it [the late goal],” he said.
“But I am very disappointed really, or very dissatisfied that such a good performance when we had maybe 70 minutes where we took the game to them and basically camped in their half, with corner kicks and free kicks that weren’t converted, and all of a sudden that is being reduced to one final decision at the end and whether it was the right one or the wrong one.
“I am very simple on that, if the referee had given the goal, I wouldn’t be here making any comment about it, and I don’t intend to about him not giving the goal.”