Aston Villa fans are crucifying Slaviša Jokanović, after the Fulham boss branded the Villans “old and tired” ahead of their massive playoff clash.
Saturday’s playoff final will be a perplexing battle. Pace vs nous, exuberance vs intelligence, and most simply youth vs experience.
Aston Villa go into “the richest match in football” as underdogs due to the red hot form of Fulham during the closing stages of the season, combined with the Cottagers’ sheer ability to tear teams open and score tons of goals.
If there’s one man that can stop Jokanović’s free flowing side though, it’s Steve Bruce, as his 4-1-4-1 formation has been extremely effective throughout the season.
Bruce’s tactical style depends on the experience of the likes of John Terry, Alan Hutton and Mile Jedinak, but the Fulham boss thinks those miles on the Villa clocks can be exposed.
“They are an old and tired team, and they are going to show some weaknesses,” the Cottagers’ boss said.
“I have players that are 17, now 18 year-olds. They use players that are 36 years old.”
While the impressive Serbian didn’t exactly sound disrespectful in his comments, they’ve not gone down well with Villa fans.
Players don’t exactly need much more motivation for a game such as this, but Villa fans suspect the Fulham man’s comments will help them more than hurt them, giving their side that extra chip on their shoulder.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
— Simon (@S1monJohnson) May 24, 2018
The noise from us Villa fans alone will frighten the life out of their lot. Then there is the worry for the Fulham fans about sunscreen and remembering songs. They’ve just got too much against them to compete ???
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) May 24, 2018
I remember 36 years ago we were written off .
We were not good enough .
We are ASTON VILLA.
European champions you will never sing that .!.
Come on you Villa boys #avfc #utv #VTID #vtid
AN OLD LION IS A DANGEROUS BEAST !!
— Big Kev (@bigkevilla82) May 24, 2018
Don’t bite Brucey, Let him do the work for you. #UTV
— A.D (@AdrianDraper) May 24, 2018
— Bora Horza Gobuchul (@therealjonshaw) May 24, 2018
Thanks for the team talk Slavisa, hopefully egg and face by Saturday evening
— The Duke (@TheDuke1) May 24, 2018
Haha you may regret those comments #UTV
— Mark Connolly (@markconn2000) May 24, 2018
Old and tired ? there you are Steve pin in on the dressing room wall ….its a Motivator if ever you needed one ..UTV
— Trevor Rainsford (@Trev_villaboy) May 25, 2018
How nice of him to do Steve Bruce’s team talk for him. Clown.
— eddie johnson (@eddiej1981) May 24, 2018