Manchester City’s involvement in the proposed Super League will give Aston Villa extra motivation ahead of their game on Wednesday night.
That is the view of Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the impact of Sunday’s bombshell announcement will have on his former side.
City are one of six English’s clubs that want to start a new competition from August that will rival the Champions League.
It has been met with widespread backlash throughout the football world which was on full display in Leeds United’s game with Liverpool on Monday night.
Leeds players warmed up in shirts with the slogans ‘Champions League: Earn it’ and ‘Football is for fans’.
The Liverpool coach was greeted by Leeds fans protesting against the Super League much to the dismay of Jurgen Klopp.
But Agbonlahor has claimed Man City can expect a similar reception at Villa Park on Wednesday night.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “If I was playing for Villa, I’d be fuming.
“I’d go into that game wanting to beat them even more.
“You call yourself a Super League, but some of these teams that are in it can’t even get into the top 10. The cheek of them…
“If I was involved with Aston Villa, 100 per cent I’d do the same [as Leeds].”
Speaking in his pre-match press conference Dean Smith admitted he was totally against the proposals but had sympathy for the difficult position his managerial colleagues were in.
He added: “For me, it is not for the good of football, it is totally a commercial venture. Football and sport in general is about competition and this is not competition when you have six clubs out of England joining a European Super League.”