Karim El Ahmadi Gives Us A Hint On How Life Will Be Different This Season

Sorry guys, we only have two photos of Karim El Ahmadi right now. Take our word for it that this is "possession football"

After watching Spain at Euro 2012, I think most of us -- not all, but many -- are quite tired of anything called "possession football." Granted, possession football comes in many forms and most sides don't take it as far as tiki taka, but those of us not seduced by la roja sometimes end up screaming "take a shot, already!"

Yet, as far as I know, no Aston Villa fan wants a return to McLeish-ism, the hoofing of a ball up the field and hoping it ends up somewhere near a player wearing claret and blue. So Karim El Ahmadi's words about life under Paul Lambert are like a soothing balm on skin still as chapped and ruddy as our former manager's face.

According to our newest midfielder, Lambert is already doing just what we'd expected, and hoped, for: using the preseason to emphasise passing and possession. According to El Ahmadi, or as he shall forever be known, "The Governor," time spent at Bodymoor is much like what he's experienced in Holland. Except faster.

Ok, so Lambert wants speed and he wants possession. Is anyone else wondering how, exactly, our defence fits into this?

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