Aston Villa should be proud and positive despite losing two of their first three Premier League games in the new season.
Their performances in the matches so far have shown already a strong progression from last season, or perhaps, a continuation of their very strong form towards the end of last season. Having played Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool the start of their campaign was always going to be difficult. But the fact they leave this period with a feeling that they could have been unbeaten proves quite how strong those performances were.
It appears manager Paul Lambert and his players have also taken a lot of motivation from this. They seem to be taking momentum from these three games as there is a bounce in the squad. If they do manage to continue this very fluid and positive style of play into the Newcastle game next weekend then they have every chance to really kick on.
Villa look fearless, which is great to see. The young squad that so many criticized last season looks so together and always seems to be improving. There are still weaknesses in there, which cannot compete with certain qualities of bigger clubs, but the desire to win and belief is something that will help them this season. The fact they kept themselves up last season surely has something to do with this. They didn’t have to rely on others slipping up in the end – it was all down to their great form.
Lambert has added a few new faces here and there, which will add more competition for places more than anything. He wants hungry players who will work their socks off for him, and he has that. I like the mentality of Villa right now. When it all clicks and they press to win the ball back, then they possess a real danger. We saw this in the second half vs Liverpool. Once they win possession back, their break away is seriously lethal as Arsenal found out.
It’s been a tough start for Villa in some respects, but it’s extremely positive. There’s a hope in that squad and an optimism that will surely push them on strongly if they stick together.