With Aston Villa falling to a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the midweek clash, although we didn’t take any points from the game, there were some positives for those fans who were on the look out for them.
Head coach Dean Smith saw his side remain in 15th place though and as we all know the aim this season is simply to be out of the relegation zone come next May and although we’d all like to do far better than that, if goal difference is what keeps us up, that’s what keeps us up.
Speaking after the game to ESPN’s Brazilian outlet, midfielder Douglas Luiz remained confident enough that we would avoid the drop this year and he felt that we were showing we were competitive enough in matches so far this year to be confident in our own abilities.
“I think we’re projecting game by game. Aston Villa are a great club, a club with big history. But we also have to see that we’ve just been promoted from the Championship to the Premier League. And the Premier League is much harder than the Championship. So we have to take it game by game. We have to be humble, we have to work hard. Because surely this season we’ll be able to stay up, which is the biggest goal. And we’ll be happy.”
It’s good to see him comment that we’re not looking too far ahead as we have to take it game by game, but ensure we pick up the points against those sides we’re in a proper battle with this year, but there’s nothing wrong with being confident.
Sunday’s clash with Leicester City isn’t necessarily one of those clubs given the year they are having under Brendan Rodgers, but three points would certainly be nice.