March 10, 2017.
“This is our year” Villa said confidently to a group of reporters on media day.
The question asked was: what differences he sees coming into the 2017 season with some consistency. Given the fact that in 2015 Jason Kreis put together a ragtag group of castaways for his expansion roster, only to be replaced by rookie coach Patrick Vieira who turned over the roster even more, there hasn’t been much stability from year to year.
“I think it’s good, the first year of course I thought a lot of times, it’s difficult, being the first year for stability of the club, of the team. It’s always difficult, we improved the second year but the coach was new. He understands the league, he understands all the things happening in this league. This year we are more ready, we are more ready because it’s the second year of the coach, the club of course is more stable, I think we have new players that improve us a lot. Our focus is thinking about ‘this is our year’, we need to improve and do better than last year.”
In soccer you never know what happens in the day to day. So it’s difficult to (plan) because everything changes from the night to the morning so I’m only thinking about playing well.
I’m only thinking about staying strong, helping my team to be good this year and I told you, and I told your mates in the press conference some time ago, when the club thinks about the contract I don’t care if (its) for one year more or two years more. You don’t know what can happen in the future so my mind is only thinking about the day by day, working strong. It doesn’t matter what the contract is, if it’s for Sunday or if it’s for winter or for 2017 or 2018.