With Thursday’s confirmation of the upcoming 2019/20 Premier League fixtures for the club, Aston Villa now know that we make our top flight return with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur’s new Stadium for a TV inspired 5.30pm kick-off.
With all the Jack Grealish speculation last summer, we should’ve probably guessed it would be Spurs, if not Wolverhampton Wanderers, as football often turns out that way and it’s a good fixture list really in terms of the presumed bigger sides being pretty split throughout the months as we avoid a run of successive tough games.
Speaking to the Official Site after the lists were released, head coach Dean Smith was rightly relishing the year ahead and although Spurs will be a tough start, it’s certainly an exciting one.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 14, 2019
“My first thought was that it was a mouthwatering, exciting start. Albeit there was a little bit of trepidation too – the Champions League finalists from last season. It’s a place I’ve never been to and that Aston Villa fans have never been to. It was to be expected. We’ve given ourselves the opportunity to play these games following on from what we achieved. We’ll try and be as competitive as we can.”
“It probably feels more real now than at any point in the last few weeks. I’ve had a bit of time away but it’s straight back to it now. I was in the building yesterday and today doing work. Myself, Jesus and Christian have been in constant contact. A lot of work has been done. There’s still lots to do. The fixtures bring it from imagination to reality a little bit more. We’re really looking forward to it.”
It all starts to get a little bit more real from here on in doesn’t it, our transfer dealings seem to be shaping up nicely after the announcement of new record signing Wesley, so more than enough reasons to be optimistic.
North London. Opening day.
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