75 touches, 4 interceptions: Villa ace Jordan Amavi justifies recall to the starting line-up

Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi returned to the starting line-up to face Manchester City.

Aston Villa star Jordan Amavi justified his recall to the starting line-up as he put in a superb performance during his side’s 0-0 stalemate at home to Manchester City.

The French left-back has been one of Villa’s best players this season, impressing from a defensive perspective as well as providing a creative outlet going forward.

However, in order to shake things up former boss Tim Sherwood controversially dropped him from the starting eleven during the home defeat to Swansea City, replacing him with Kieran Richardson.

Richardson then got the nod to face Tottenham Hotspur last Monday, a game which ended in a 3-1 loss with Villa’s defence in particular extremely hesitant and unconvincing.

New boss Remi Garde took charge of proceedings for his side’s clash with City, and the decision to recall Amavi paid dividends as the talented player put in a superb display.

  InterceptionsDefensive Duels WonAerial Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Jordan Amavi 4 6 2 3 75 36 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the marauding left-back was assured in possession and defended brilliantly up against a potent Manchester City attack full of pace and trickery.

Amavi contributed with two aerial duels won, three ball recoveries, four interception and six defensive duels won over the course of the 90 minutes.

On the ball, he offered a calm outlet as he took 75 touches and completed 36 accurate passes.

City will feel they did more than enough to take three points, though Manuel Pellegrini’s men were restricted going forward and didn’t create too many clear-cut chances.

Villa looked solid in the middle, competitive in wide areas and they kept their shape well off the ball – signs of the sort of organisation which will be needed to help them beat the drop come next May.

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