Our travels to France have been fruitful in the last season, and we beat Lille again, 1-0. Arguably a draw was the fairest result but Scocco scored his maiden goal for us in the 84th minute. Great vision shown by Ruben Garcia, it has to be said.
We are now 5th in the table with 10 points from 5 games. It’s been a good start to the season, the momentum has to be maintained. We face Hamburger next who have lost all 5, so hopefully we can pick up 3 points there.
It must also be said that cups are also a priority of Rahul W, and we start off against Feyenoord who will be a tough side to play. Hopefully we can edge it.
Rumours were also abound that Rahul W may have opted to move to Liverpool, but he vehemently denied such reports and said he would never managed a club like Liverpool. He however congrats Gino on his appointment and hope he does well. Arsenal, on the other hand, were a more manageable side but with the news of the Youth Cup draw Rahul W has decided to continue at Villa Park to see what he will be able to do.
Speaking of the draw, Villa fans were besides themselves when they heard they were drawn with heavyweights Real Madrid. Beddows was right, Rahul W would definitely love this draw. Keano will be back at Villa, where he won’t be welcomed too nicely. Shall be a fiery encounter for sure. Madrid have some top-quality youth players like John Stones, Baba, Werner, Asensio and Alli so they will be the favourites here. Sadly Ruben Garcia won’t be able to play his former side Levante but he will still be able to meet his former players and manager. Tom Parfitt is a good manager but his youth side is nothing to write home about so we should be able to get points from those games. Flamengo are a side we don’t know a lot about but they have Guilherme who could do well for them so we should be wary of them. Finally, Leverkusen, the club Rahul W rejected in order to stay at Villa, complete the group. Managed by the experienced Noisy, they will be tough, as they have Hakan, Brandt and Jedvaj, good prospects. All in all, this is a tricky group but we should be favourites for 3rd. Whether we can make it 2nd will depend on how we do against the big teams. A group containing 5 good managers, this shall be fun to watch.
1. Real Madrid (Keano)
2. Aston Villa (Rahul W)
3. Levante UD (Tom Parfitt)
4. Flamego (Mark Phelps)
5. Bayer Leverkusen (Noisy)
That is all for this week. Coming weeks should be fun as things heat up across 4 competitions.