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Game #5628

Aston Villa

Sunday, 22 May 2022

Lost

14th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 53,395

Manchester City

Etihad Stadiun

Two goals to the good in a fine defensive performance with the threat always there from Villa's notably attacking line up, Gerrard makes another howling strategic blunder with a defensive substitution, Villa concede three and lose.

State of Abu Dhabi

3-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Lucas Digne | 37' | Ollie Watkins | 69' |

KEY MAN

Philippe Coutinho, put Villa two up before the inevitable

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 22 May 2022

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Robin Olsen
โšฝ | 37โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Matty Cash, Assist by Lucas Digne
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester City 0-1 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 49โ€™ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad foul
โšฝ | 69โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Philippe Coutinho, Assist by Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Marvelous Nakamba
๐Ÿฅ… | 76โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Manchester City), Ilkay Gรผndogan
๐Ÿฅ… | 78โ€™ Goal, 2-2, (Manchester City), Rodri
๐Ÿฅ… | 81โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Manchester City), Ilkay Gรผndogan
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Danny Ings
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, Marvelous Nakamba, Bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Emiliano Buendรญa, Sub on, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Lucas Digne records his fourth assist in the last five games as Matty Cash makes it four goals for the season - and four goals since joining in September 2020.

Meanwhile in perhaps the happiest news of the season end for Villa, the questionable and controversial referee Jonathan Moss retires.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2020-21

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester City

Previous 5 vs. Abu Dhabi: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Match | #38 |
Manager Game | #28 |
Sunday, 22 May 2022
Attendance | 53,395 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Kick off: 4.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 2-3
Last 5 | ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 28 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 10 ๐ŸŸจ | 5 ๐ŸŸฅ 13 | 1.25

Career Form:

Mid Table

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 10 Jan 22, Villa 0-1 United (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett.
Fourth official: David Coote.
VAR: Darren England.
Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes.

Michael Oliver

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester City

None

TEAM NEWS

Robin Olsen makes his debut as player number 983 after 17 unused substitute appearances in possibly his final squad for the club with his loan spell from AS Roma due to end.

Emiliano Martรญnez misses out with injury sustained prior to the Burnley game despite having played that fixture.

Carney Chukwuemeka is dropped after his underwhelming performance against Burnley and may also have made his last squad appearance as his contract impasse continues.

Steven Gerrard pairs Philippe Coutinho with Emiliano Buendรญa in a highly attacking line up.

Viljami Sinisalo is called up as reserve โ€˜keeper as the final squad of the season features five under 23s representing Villaโ€™s exciting academy prospects.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.04 |
Oldest Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 32.39 |
Youngest Player: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.00 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Pep Guardiola | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Aston Villa

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸข |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Manchester City

GK Ederson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB John Stones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Aymeric Laporte | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Joรฃo Cancelo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Fernandinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Kevin De Bruyne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Phil Foden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Rodri | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
M Bernado Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
W Riyad Mahrez | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Jesus | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 88โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Oleksandr Zinchenko | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for M Fernandinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Raheem Sterling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Riyad Mahrez | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | 56โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Ilkay Gรผndogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | โšฝ | for M Bernado Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 68โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Nathan Akรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Jack Grealish (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Cole Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M James McAtee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ162.32m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ42.39m
Team Cost: ยฃ204.71m
Squad Cost: ยฃ230.38m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/20
Homegrown: 5/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ18.00m |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ14.22m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ10.80m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |

F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ31.59m |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ498.69m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 2/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ83.43m
Team Cost: ยฃ582.12m
Squad Cost: ยฃ776.07m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/20
Homegrown: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Ederson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ36.00m |
GK Scott Carson (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Joรฃo Cancelo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ58.50m |
RB Kyle Walker (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ47.43m |
LB Oleksandr Zinchenko | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ยฃ1.80m |

CB Aymeric Laporte | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ58.50m |
CB John Stones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ50.04m |
CB Nathan Akรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ40.77m |

M Jack Grealish (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ105.75m |
M Kevin De Bruyne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ68.40m |
M Rodri | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ56.43m |
M Bernado Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ45.00m |
M Fernandinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ36.00m |
M Ilkay Gรผndogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ24.30m |
M Phil Foden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Cole Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M James McAtee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Riyad Mahrez | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ยฃ61.02m |
W Raheem Sterling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ57.33m |

F Gabriel Jesus | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ28.80m |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Abdomen
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Groin
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Knee
GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Unknown

On Loan | 13 |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Forest
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Internacional
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Everton
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cheltenham
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Livingston
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newcastle
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gateshead
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Luton
W Trรฉzรฉguet | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Basaksehir

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
๐Ÿ”ด M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Final Squad Appearance

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 29%
Possession A | 71%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 25
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 13
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 5

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

Pre-Match

โ€œItโ€™s with a heavy heart that I will be leaving Aston Villa Football Club. This club has been a huge part of my life for the last 23 years, making 193 appearances, 36 international caps and 15 years coaching.

โ€œHaving gained all these experiences I am looking forward to what may lie ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Aston Villa, the players, staff and, in particular, the passionate supporters who have shown me loyalty both on and off the pitch. I wish you all the best in the future. UTV!โ€

Mark Delaney.

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โ€œAston Villa can confirm that Mark Delaney has left his role in the clubโ€™s academy. The club would like to record its sincere thanks to Mark for his service to Aston Villa and wish him every success for the future.โ€

The best the club could muster.

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Post Match.

โ€œWe were really good for 70 minutes - the players carried the plan out exactly as we wanted. We caused them a lot of problems but went into protection mode, stopped playing and City were relentless.

โ€œThey have been together for long time, spent a lot of money to put one of the best teams in the world together. I said to my players that you can never switch off, and they really turned it around in the last 20 minutes.

โ€œI want them to be mentally stronger throughout a full game.

โ€œI want players who are obsessed to win.

โ€œI want us to really bottle the feeling of our inconsistencies this year and I want us to be really obsessed in pre-season to be better prepared mentally and physically for a full season.

โ€œI really want winners in the dressing room. I donโ€™t want players who are content with finishing 14th in the league and going out of cup competitions early. Thatโ€™s got to hurt and weโ€™ll try and set a culture and a standard here where itโ€™s not acceptable to be inconsistent. Thatโ€™s the challenge moving forward.

โ€œListen, we want [fans] to be optimistic and excited.

โ€œWe want to try and make acquisitions to get them even more excited but us, as a staff and players, we must deliver for the supporters.

โ€œTheyโ€™re the most important part of the club. The owners have been very supportive, always have been. Everyone whoโ€™s representing Aston Villa needs to come back after a summer break fresh, reenergised, reset and ready to go again because we canโ€™t be satisfied with how the seasonโ€™s gone.โ€

Steven Gerrard.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 22 May 2022

Manchester City staged a stunning late comeback with three goals in five minutes to beat Aston Villa and win the Premier League as their title chances looked to be slipping away amid dramatic scenes at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side needed victory to secure their fourth title in five seasons but were facing the prospect of ending the season empty-handed as goals either side of the interval from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho put Villa 2-0 ahead and in control.

It looked as if Villa manager Steven Gerrard might help his former club Liverpool secure the title - until City turned the game on its head in an atmosphere bordering on hysteria.

Ilkay Gundogan, on as a substitute for Bernardo Silva, gave City hope with a far-post header in the 76th minute, and Etihad Stadium was a wall of noise when Rodri drove a low finish past Villa keeper Robin Olsen two minutes later.

The title-winning recovery was complete with nine minutes left as Gundogan once again arrived at the far post to put City in front, the decisive contribution on this nerve-shredding final day. City did need those three points as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers - with City boss Guardiola overcome with emotion and breaking down in tears at the final whistle. When Coutinho slid in Villa's second goal, it looked as if the most unpalatable of storylines was being written for Manchester City.

The notion of this supremely talented side ending the season with nothing was in clear view as City knew they had 21 minutes to score three times.

The headlines were being written in large type with Gerrard, who never won the Premier League title during his long career at Liverpool, directing the trophy to Anfield, helped by his former team-mate Coutinho.

And then, in one of the most dramatic twists of any Premier League title race, City knocked down the door that had been firmly slammed in their face by a supremely well-organised Villa.

City looked crestfallen but showed their class and character once Gundogan gave them hope with that header, and they scented their chance, even though some of their fans still feared this might only be a consolation. Rodri's equaliser was the transformative moment, a sense of inevitability sweeping around a fevered stadium, with a mixture of disbelief and elation the result as Gundogan slid home the third.

Villa did not know what had hit them and had no response, supporters flooding on to the pitch when referee Michael Oliver sounded the final whistle amid a deafening din.

City have had their character questioned this season, especially when they let the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid slip from their grasp, but there can be no more doubts after this.

The manner in which they turned this game around with the title - and their entire season - on the line was the perfect answer. They were heading towards the most bitter disappointment but transformed this day into one they and their supporters will remember forever.

It was little wonder Guardiola broke down at the conclusion of a truly remarkable afternoon.

Villa collapse under pressure
For Aston Villa, there was nothing significant riding on the game - but the way they went about trying to win it was typical of the Premier League's competitive integrity.

Gerrard and Coutinho's Liverpool connections added the sub-plot. And every part of this storyline delivered.

Villa were solid, disciplined and a real threat on the break, homing in on 37-year-year-old Fernadinho as a defensive weak point for Manchester City.

It worked as City, unusually flat in attack, were vulnerable at the back. When Villa went 2-0 up, it looked as if their season would end in a landmark win - and for Gerrard, the added satisfaction of seeing his beloved boyhood club win the title.

And yet, they were over-run as the City machine suddenly hit top gear, roared forward thunderously by fans whose mood had changed from despair to expectation.

The first 70 minutes at least demonstrated that Gerrard has something to build on. After that, though, Villa were simply swept aside on the tide of Manchester City's power plus the noise and emotion inside Etihad Stadium.

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