Gary Neville has stated that it ‘feels right’ that Aston Villa are back in the Premier League as he shared his ‘love’ for Villa Park and its history.
Back in the day, Villa Park used to host FA Cup semi-finals, with arguably the greatest goal ever scored in the competition when Ryan Giggs netted a spectacular solo effort against Arsenal in a replay.
But in recent years, The FA has decided to move the semi-finals from neutral venues to England’s home of football, Wembley.
Nonetheless, Neville wasn’t the only one who was full of praise for Villa and their stadium, as Jamie Carragher also spoke highly about the former European champions.
“There is something special about Aston Villa”
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“I absolutely love this place,” Neville told Sky Sports PL. “My favourite away ground when I think about the great FA Cup semi-finals and the great league games we [Manchester United] had here.
“It does feel right that Aston Villa are back in the Premier League. It’s a great football club, with a great history.
Carragher added: “It’s a fantastic stadium. There are teams with greater facilities in new grounds and they are spectacular. But there is something special about Aston Villa. It does look like it has had a lick of paint. It looks brand new. But it is that traditional ground. A lot of tradition here.”
Villa Park, and its supporters, played their part in Dean Smith’s side picking up their first win of the Premier League season when they beat Everton 2-0 on Friday night.
It was a very raucous atmosphere during those 95 minutes and if Villa are to produce strong performances this season then those fans will play a big part.
After three years of being in England’s second tier, Villa are finally back where they belong and the quicker the new signings gel, the better it is for the club.
Villa next home encounter will take place against West Ham United after the international break, but before then, Smith will be preparing his team for an EFL Cup clash against Crewe and league encounter against Crystal Palace.