Jack Grealish spoke to Aston Villa’s official channels after the team’s 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City.
This will have been a tough one to take for those involved with Villa, regardless of who they were playing against.
It may have been Sergio Aguero bagging a hat-trick, Riyad Mahrez securing a brace and Gabriel Jesus getting the other goal, but the men in claret and blue simply were not good enough during the 90 minutes as they lost 6-1.
When Dean Smith spoke after the game, he indicated that their mentality potentially played a part in this poor performance and result.
He will not have meant to, but Grealish may have proven that to be the case with his comments after the final whistle: “We were nowhere near good enough, we know that as a team, and we spoke about that in the dressing room.
“They’re an unbelievable team, you’ve just got to look at the players they have in their starting XI and on the bench. It was tough but we can always be better.
“You can’t really do much against Manchester City sometimes, but we do feel that, as a team, we could have done much better to keep the scoreline down.”
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There is an acceptance that they were not good enough, but it is the last part of this statement, in which he claims “you can’t really do much against Manchester City sometimes”, which encapsulates the hopelessness they showed on the pitch.
It is undoubted that City are a brilliant side given the fact they won the league last season. However, this is also a team who lost to Norwich City earlier in the campaign and has also had the double done on them by Wolverhampton Wanderers. They even drew with Newcastle at one stage too.
These outfits will have shown a fearlessness when facing up to the Premier League champions, while that is something that cannot be said of Villa, as they looked fragile in both their organisation and mentality.
Something needs to improve drastically if they want to stay in the division.