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Smells like team spirit?


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The_Steve ponders the new season.

Is it me... Or is there a renewed sense of togetherness in the squad? After the departure of Kersa and Culverhouse. Lambert giving the squad a clean break and bringing some leaders to the squad, we are seeing the fruits of that labour.

When our senior players like Guzan/Senderos reassure or celebrate at full-time with our younger players (e.g. Baker/Grealish) it makes a world of difference from last season.

For a squad often bereft of confidence last season, these small changes are noticeable and it's reflected in our approach to games. A more cautious but less naive Villa side probably explains why we've only conceded one goal in four.

Nathan Baker looked a different player when next to Senderos - yes, it's one game and an outliner does not mean a pattern. But such a vocal leader at the back must be reassuring. Especially when you have full backs confident in their own positions.

There are so many workhorses in this squad now. The midfield three of Westwood, Delph and Cleverley ran their socks off to close Liverpool down yesterday and I've noticed we've become harder to break down.

The hope is the team is just as much a unit off the pitch as it is on it. Roy Keane has been a breath of fresh air. But I think there are various factors to explain this dramatic turnaround in a short period of time.

For all the unnecessary restrictions placed upon Lambert. He's built a squad that is more competitive and drilled.

We've still got Kozak, Okore, Benteke to come back into the squad. Sanchez and Cleverley will give us another option when settled. The likes of Grealish make for impact subs.

Somehow, it feels like, some of the demons of last season of are exorcised. It's very early days, and I write high (not literally) off the back of an incredible start to the season, one I certainly did not predict.

Togetherness breeds confidence and the team are proving it thus far.

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    • It’s still early days in to the season, we have only played 8 matches. Give the players some time before making these rash statements. They are still gelling as a team, just be patient, it doesn’t happen straight away
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    • What relevance is company turnover, of Ferrari or Morrisons or anything else? You keep changing points for other points in a baffling flurry. You were initially saying we had sold nuclear submarines to Australia because of a 'free trade deal', which wasn't true, but now the argument has shifted to 'there is a market for nuclear subs'. I mean, depending how you define 'a market for' that could be true for almost anything, but what does it have to do with free trade deals? The purpose of liberalising trading rules is to facilitate commerce between two or more countries. It is for the benefit of companies, not governments; governments do not need a trade deal to make an arms sale, nor are governments answerable to the same rules as companies. Free trade deals are principally concerned with removing tariffs and quotas, neither of which are relevant concepts when it comes to the manufacture and sale of nuclear submarines. The Australian government would have to purchase nuclear submarines from a government, not a company, because nuclear submarines are obviously not a commercially available product. They could place an order with any government that had the capacity and desire to build those submarines, whether or not they had a specific trade deal in place with that country. This is really nothing at all like Ferraris, still less your supermarket groceries.
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