The Hard Evidence of Unai Emery’s Way Appears
It was almost April’s Fools territory to suggest that Aston Villa could take advantage of a mentally gruelling seven league matches this month to make an impression on the top half of the Premier League table, but two games in, Villa are already in the European mix.
A win at Stamford Bridge, where Villa had won just once in a matter of a couple of decades, was transformative to the possibilities of Villa’s run-in. Not only did they flip Chelsea, but the confidence boost could visibly been seen flowing through the players.
After the follow-up win away against Leicester City, Villa are now two results clear of Chelsea. If Arsenal beat Liverpool at the weekend and Villa beat Nottingham Forest at Villa Park, then Unai Emery’s men will have a similiar advantage over Liverpool too. There maybe a tough finish to the season for Villa, but it cannot be denied that they are well placed and have their destiny in their own hands.
Since Emery came in on November 1st, only Arsenal and Manchester City have better records during this period. With a majority of Villa’s remaining games against the teams immediately around and above them, Villa can take care of their own business. It’s a tough ask, but if they stay injury-free, then anything is possible.
On episode 232 of the My Old Man Said podcast we look Villa’s recent pivotal win at Stamford Bridge and the growth of players like John McGinn in recent weeks under Emery. We also look to the possibilities of what this season could now bring. Plus, there’s all the usual Villa News, Three Points, Media Muppets and Emery’s Clipboard.
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