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Tuesday media watch [20.08.13 PM]: Chelsea previews
The afternoon claret and blue media headlines.
20th Aug 2013
Tuesday media watch [20.08.13 PM]: Chelsea previews


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

ClubCall: Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor insists he is feeling sharp thanks to a good pre-season campaign. Agbonlahor was in fine form in Villa's opening day win at Arsenal as he won two penalties in the 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar says that his team-mates are ready to make amends for last season's 8-0 defeat by Chelsea when they travel to Stamford Bridge. The 28-year old impressed in Villa's eye-catching 3-1 opening day win at Arsenal and they now face their second game of the season earlier than their Premier League rivals due to Chelsea's involvement in the UEFA Super Cup.

Sporting Life: Defenders David Luiz and Tomas Kalas are Chelsea's only absentees for their Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Brazil centre-back Luiz has a hamstring problem, but could return for Monday's trip to Manchester United, while Kalas suffered a fractured leg in pre-season.

Express and Star: Darren Bent today hit back at his Villa treatment and took a swipe at the club for freezing him out. The claret and blues £24m record signing is upset over being "alienated" at the club after joining Fulham on loan.

ITV Football: Paul Lambert has told his Aston Villa side they owe it to themselves and their fans to atone for last season's 8-0 humiliation by Chelsea when the teams meet again tomorrow night. Villa's capitulation at Stamford Bridge was arguably the lowest point of a difficult campaign as they battled relegation and suffered three bruising defeats around the Christmas period.

Sporting Life: Paul Lambert has told his Aston Villa side they owe it to themselves and their fans to atone for last season's 8-0 humiliation by Chelsea when the teams meet again on Wednesday night. Villa's capitulation at Stamford Bridge was arguably the lowest point of a difficult campaign as they battled relegation and suffered three bruising defeats around the Christmas period.

London 24: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he was not too surprised to see Aston Villa beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and says Paul Lambert's side are strong enough to shock any of the top teams.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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