Frederic Guilbert of Aston Villa believes that he will not have to endure relegation again this season
Frederic Guilbert is one of EIGHT Aston Villa players who have already tasted relegation, but the defender insists that there will be no tears this season
- Frederic Guilbert was banned last season with the French side Caen
- He joins seven other Aston Villa players to have experienced relegation
- But the defender believes that Villa has the necessary ‘weapons’ to stay up
Aston Villa fans may be alarmed by the number of players who already have relegation on their resumes, but defender Frederic Guilbert insists that there will be no more tears this season.
Eight of Dean Smith’s players were previously trapped at eight different clubs – including Guilbert whose French club Caen fell last season before he signed for Villa.
“It is true that I cried. We had the chance to survive on the last day, so it was heartbreaking that I didn’t have a club I loved in Ligue 1, “admits the 25-year-old defender.
Frederic Guilbert is convinced that Aston Villa can prevent relegation this season
“The relegation fight is a bit similar this season, but I think we have a much tighter and mentally stronger team to resist.” I think we have all the weapons we need to stay in the Premier League. “
Villa, faced with Spurs on Sunday, can view the unfortunate history of their players in two ways. The experience can make them conflict or leave scars in the coming weeks.
Ahmed Elmohamady has been relegated twice from the Premier League with Hull and skipper Jack Grealish is the last survivor of Villa’s own relegation season in 2016.
Eight of Dean Smith’s players have previously been trapped at eight different clubs
Wounded goalkeeper Tom Heaton went down with Burnley and a similar fate hit Neil Taylor (Wrexham), John McGinn (St. Mirren), Guilbert and Douglas Luiz, whose Spanish side Girona fell out of La Liga last season.
Ezri Konsa was also on Charlton’s books when they were relegated from the championship.
Guilbert made an impression as Villa regular in his first season in England and scored an important goal against Leicester who helped Villa reach the Carabao Cup final.
He was once covered by France under the age of 21 and did not give up representing senior world champions, but his immediate priority is to take revenge on Spurs who defeated Villa 3-1 on White Hart Lane on the opening day with two Harry Kane five goals in the final.
Guilbert has impressed as Aston Villa in his first season in England
“I was the 19th player that day, so I was close to the bench, it was one of the first games I ever attended in the Premier League, and it was hard to watch,” he admits.
‘Spurs are a large team with great players. But we have seen that everyone can beat everyone in this competition. So we are ready to play.
‘Playing for Aston Villa is extraordinary with the stadium, the atmosphere and everything. It is special. Of course I had the sea in Caen and live in Birmingham, there is no sun! So from that side it is difficult.
“The English game is strongly based on the transition between defense and attack. And it is much faster and more intense than France. Maybe that style suits me a bit more. ”