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Losing to Aston Villa January 21, 2012

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer.
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There is great shame in losing to Aston Villa. The current Aston Villa team is the first one I have ever seen trying to clear its lines around the center circle. Villa virulently opposes ambition.

If there’s a reason Alex McLeish’s teams are always relegated, it’s because he preaches complacency. McLeish specializes in creating deserts of character. Don’t think: play within yourself and let the system do its job. Nobody needs to take responsibility. Nobody steps up when the going gets tough.

Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stiliyan Petrov are all natural leaders. It’s no coincidence their eyes have gone dead. After less than a month, Robbie Keane’s eyes are dead too.