Smith full of praise for ‘gifted’ Liverpool stars after ‘weird game’

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admitted his side’s 5-0 victory over Liverpool at Villa Park was a “weird game”, but was full of praise for the Reds’ young stars.

Visitors Liverpool – who fielded their youngest ever side – were 4-0 down at half time after a Jonathan Kodjia brace, but rallied in the second half and kept Villa out until Wesley’s injury time goal put the seal on the victory, and secured Villa’s qualification for the semi-finals. Read more

Liverpool boss reveals Terry’s memorable message to defeated starlets

Liverpool’s stand-in manager Neil Critchley revealed Dean Smith and John Terry’s message to the Reds’ youngsters in their dressing room after their 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The visitors – who fielded their youngest ever side – were 4-0 down at half time after a Jonathan Kodjia brace, but rallied in the second half and kept Villa out until Wesley’s injury time goal put the seal on the victory. Read more

Lampard predicts ‘pretty emotional’ return for Chelsea legend

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has predicted it will be a “pretty emotional” night for John Terry, as the former Blues skipper returns to Stamford Bridge as assistant for Aston Villa.

Villa assistant Terry will be back at the club Lampard spent almost two decades with as a professional, during which time he won 15 major honours. Read more

Smith admits ‘serial winner’ excited by Chelsea return

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes John Terry’s mentality as a “serial winner” with Chelsea is having a galvanising effect on his players.

Terry spent 20 years at Chelsea before joining Villa, initially as a player in 2017 for a season before switching to coaching, helping the club return to the Premier League under Smith. Read more

Terry explains bizarre reason Salah, De Bruyne failed under Jose at Chelsea

Former Chelsea captain John Terry has claimed Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne failed at Stamford Bridge as they were “below the standard” of Damien Duff and Arjen Robben.

But Terry’s claims, are wide of the mark, as both Duff and Robben had moved on from Chelsea long before the arrival of Salah and De Bruyne at Stamford Bridge. Read more

Why former captain Terry blocked Chelsea move for £40m Aguero

John Terry played in a big role in Chelsea pulling out of a potential deal to sign Sergio Aguero, according to a report.

Aguero signed for Manchester City in 2011 for a fee reported to be in the region of £35million before going on to score 244 goals in 352 appearances in all competitions for the Citizens. Read more

Five times England team-mates have fallen out…

Raheem Sterling getting hold of Joe Gomez is hardly the first time England team-mates have fallen out. Sometimes it was trivial, others rather less so…

 

Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham
“I would rather sit down and have a cuppa with Neil Ruddock, who broke my leg in two places in 1996, than with Teddy Sheringham, who I’ve pretty much detested for the past 15 years.” Andy Cole didn’t mince his words when talking to The Independent in 2010. He was happy to explain why… Read more