Chelsea defender admits what shocked him most about Aston Villa, feels sorry for Brad Guzan

Matt Miazga says he has never played in an atmosphere as toxic as that at Villa Park, and sympathises with his USA compatriot Guzan.

Chelsea's America defender Matt Miazga has revealed that he was shocked by just how sour the atmosphere at Villa Park was and admits that he cannot help but feel sorry for his compatriot Brad Guzan, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Miazga made his first start for the former Premier League champions since joining the club in a surprise deal from New York Red Bulls in January against Aston Villa on Saturday and was relatively untroubled in defence as the visitors coasted to a 4-0 victory.

The 20-year-old defender admitted that he was taken aback by just how vociferous the home crowd were in their dissent as things went from bad to worse for the bottom side.

He also admitted that he could not help but feel sorry for his USA teammate Guzan after the goalkeeper received a large amount of the criticism from the Holte End after his mistake facilitated Chelsea's fourth and final goal.

Miazga said, according to the Birmingham Mail: "I never played in an atmosphere where the fans are booing the home team. But it is what it is and you have to focus on your own game and try and help your own team.

"I know Brad quite well and have been to international camp with him once or twice already. Of course, you never want to see a player you know getting booed but it is football.

"Brad is going to keep playing and keep playing well and trying his best for this club. I don’t know the rest but I know Brad, he is a fantastic player and fantastic person."

Villa fans' dissent is understandable, and has been for some time; the club, who finished in the Premier League top six three years in a row at the end of the last decade, are all but relegated after a season which has been nothing short of disastrous.

With just three league victories all season, the Birmingham side have won only one more match than the number of managers they have sacked during the campaign, and Eric Black's time as caretaker is likely to be an utterly thankless task.

Even so, Black must attempt to pick his players up for the visit of Bournemouth, one of the unlucky teams to have tasted defeat to the Villans this season, to Villa Park next weekend.

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