The Champions League was back in action this week for the first time since May when Liverpool lifted the trophy in an all-English final.
On Wednesday evening, several eagle-eyed Aston Villa supporters spotted one of their former players putting in a resounding performance against Real Madrid.
Paris Saint-Germain won 3-0 with Idrissa Gueye putting in a star-showing in the centre of midfield. He created the assist for Angel Di Maria’s second of the match just after half an hour and finished on a match rating of 8.3.
It was the 29-year-old’s hard work from the right flank which eventually fed the Argentinian, who struck a wonderful curling effort from 20 yards out past former Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois.
One Villa fan claimed the 5 foot 9 man was ‘absolutely bossing’ Madrid’s midfield of Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
Gueye was signed by former Villa boss Tim Sherwood in the summer of 2015 and made 38 appearances that season as the west Midlands club were relegated to the Championship.
In the time it’s taken the club to get back into the Premier League, Gueye went on to play regularly for Everton, making over 100 appearances, before sealing a huge move to the Ligue 1 champions earlier this summer.
Another supporter said it was no real surprise to see him smashing at the top level despite having a misfortunate campaign in the west Midlands earlier in his career.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
Idrissa Gueye absolutely bossing that Real Madrid midfield of Hazard, Kroos & Casemiro . Who would have predicted that 2 or 3 years ago ? #avfc
— Scott Eustace (@scott_e365) September 18, 2019
Did I already told you about Idrissa Gueye ? Terrific game with PSG vs Real Madrid. Amazing performance from that guy tonight. As always, shadow work, sober but still just. Gana (29) finally find his place in Europe, for his 6th Champions League game. What a player ? #AVFC pic.twitter.com/5hzCJzuVrX
— Quentin Gesp (@quentin_gsp) September 18, 2019
How good is Idrissa Gueye now. Hard to believe he was in our relegation team, what a player! #avfc
— Rob Milne (@Robathon_) September 18, 2019
Idrissa Gueye now ballin' in the Champions League providing assists to Di Maria against Real Madrid ?? #AVFC
— Aza (@Aza0121_AVFC) September 18, 2019
Because he was always good and one of our best players.
— Christopher Barrows (@Chris__Barrows) September 18, 2019
Always liked the look of him at Villa!??
— Oliver Newby ? (@OliNewby) September 19, 2019
Personally really liked Idrissa Gueye – no real surprise he’s smashing it at the top level now https://t.co/E6CJIjyNYz
— HomeOfTheVilla (@TheVillaHome) September 19, 2019