Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has turned down claims that Aston Villa have nothing to play for on the final day of the season. He does not believe that their opponents Manchester City have more to play for with the Premier League title race going on.
The Liverpool legend can do his beloved club a favour by holding City to a draw. Gerrard himself can lead the Villains to a top-half finish with a win on Sunday. But he insists that his foremost priority is his present club.
“Well, maybe from their point of view but I’m not involved in relegation or a title, am I? I’m the Aston Villa manager. They’re three important points. We’ll have a full house there. We’ve got 20,000 people on a waiting list to come and watch the team so it’s my responsibility to win both games. We want to finish as strong as we can and we want to improve our league position.”
After City’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, the title race took another twist. Liverpool appeared to slip up after going behind Southampton, but goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip ensure that the Reds stay within touching distance of the defending champions as they chase a historic quadruple. Gerrard’s Villa, on the other hand, made a comeback of their own as Emiliano Buendia’s goal cancelled out Ashley Barnes’ penalty in a 1-1 draw.
Gerrard to Make Two Clubs Happy?
It is not hard to see Gerrard’s point of view here. Aston Villa have an extremely dedicated fanbase, who would cherish any victory, especially if it comes against a big fish like Manchester City. The prize money from a higher position can also do wonders for clubs like them. Tempers will certainly be high among the Villa faithful. After the 100 million transfer of their starboy Jack Grealish to the blue side of Manchester, there aren’t fond feelings between the two sets of fans. Steven Gerrard would also undoubtedly have one eye on the Liverpool-Wolves game. It would indeed be a fairytale if one of Merseyside’s biggest hero’s can help them to claim their 20th league title on Sunday.