Welcome to our Aston Villa coverage on Friday, December 3.
Here’s are your morning headlines from BirminghamLive as Villa prepare for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.
Guardiola agrees with Man City fans about Villa
Pep Guardiola hailed Aston Villa after his Manchester City side escaped Villa Park with a 2-1 win.
City got their rewards for a fine opening period through Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva volleyed Guardiola’s men into a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Villa responded so well, though, pulling a goal back thanks to Ollie Watkins two minutes after half-time and they could have equalised with 16 minutes left to play when Ederson saved well from Carney Chukwuemeka.
Steven Gerrard was proud of how his Villa team conducted themselves in the face of the Premier League champions and Guardiola had some kind words for his side’s opposition when he spoke to the media after the game.
Kent answers Villa transfer question with telling comments
Rangers winger Ryan Kent has responded to transfer speculation about his future and a move to Aston Villa.
Kent has been mentioned as a potential option for Villa when the transfer window reopens in January.
He was signed by current Villa boss Steven Gerrard in 2019 after he decided to make Kent’s loan move from Liverpool permanent.
Kent is a player Gerrard knows very well having come through the youth ranks at Liverpool and then on to Rangers.
Thus he has been tipped to sign for Villa now that Gerrard has moved to the Midlands, replacing Dean Smith at Villa Park last month.
Mings makes promise to Villa fans
Villa boss Steven Gerrard bemoaned his side’s lack of intensity in the first-half, but said his players were ‘terrific’ after half time, as they nearly staged an improbable comeback.
City began the first half with a goal from centre-back Ruben Dias, whose shot from distance crept inside Emiliano Martinez’s near post to hand the visitors an early advantage.
Grealish responds to Villa fans after return
Former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish returned to Villa Park for the first time since his £100 million move to Manchester City in August on Wednesday night.
Grealish came off the substitute’s bench to help City to ward off a Villa fightback after Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva had put the visitors in front with two quality goals.
Centre-back Dias swept home from range after latching on to Raheem Sterling’s cut-back with 27 minutes gone and Bernardo volleyed home in style two minutes before half-time to put City in control.
But Villa did not go under and fired back through Ollie Watkins as Steven Gerrard’s side put in a battling display in his third game in charge to run the reigning Premier League champions close.
Top bosses make same Villa assessment
Aston Villa have drawn praise from two world class managers in Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
Both managers have credited the quality of players that Steven Gerrard has to work with at Bodymoor Heath.
The new boss has helped Villa steer away from the possibility of a relegation fight after he succeeded Dean Smith at the Villa Park helm at the start of last month.
Villa had lost five straight games under their former boss, but Gerrard soon got the club back to winning ways with victories over Brighton and Crystal Palace.
To follow up his perfect start as a Premier League manager, Gerrard’s Villa side then went toe-to-toe with Premier League champions Man City at Villa Park on Wednesday night.