Aston Villa are back in Premier League action against Leeds United this Wednesday following the Premier League winter break.
If you are anything like me, I cannot wait to get back down to Villa Park. It seems like an eternity since our 0-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park. The fact is, it’s only been 17 days!
The one thing I do question is, what is the point of a winter break when clubs are going to play games anyway? Why not just take one of the games out over the festive period and have a game during this break? A debate for another day I guess.
Anyway, the reason for this post was to run through what’s been happening over the Winter break because like the club, we decided to take some time out after a busy festive period.
Winter break friendlies
Villa have two friendlies over the past week with the first coming against Brentford at Villa Park. Steven Gerrard’s men came from a goal behind to beat the Bee’s 2-1 thanks to goals from Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins.
Up next was Norwegian side Molde FK and once again Villa came out victorious. Goals from Jacob Ramsey, John McGinn and Watkins as Villa raced into a 3-0 lead. Kristoffer Haugen pulled one back for the visitors.
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Villa coach, Michaele Beale commented on the ‘work out’ as Villa will now prepare for the visit of Leeds United.
Villa had two players away on international duty at the AFCON. Bertrand Traoré with Burkina Faso and Trézéguet with Egypt.
The latter made seven appearances (six from the bench) for his country as they made it all the way to the final only to lose on penalties to Senegal.
Traoré finished fourth with Burkina Faso after they threw a 3-0 lead away against Cameroon in the third-placed playoff. Traoré scored one and assisted two in his six appearances.
Our two Africans weren’t the only two representing their countries. The two Emi’s Martinez and Buendia were on International duty for Argentina.
Martinez was in goal for both La Albiceleste’s wins over Chile and Columbia. Buendia made his debut for his national side in the 1-0 win over Columbia.
Aston Villa today announced they would up their efforts to help the environment. Villa will launch a carbon-neutral reusable cup system this Wednesday when they take on Leeds.
Each fan will be asked to leave a 10p deposit for each cup, which is refundable on the return of the cup or can be donated to the Aston Villa Foundation.