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Aston Villa have won 13 straight home league matches under Unai Emery They now face the huge challenge of taking on Man City and Arsenal  It's wonderful, but we are baffled and bamboozled by what Big Ange is doing - It's All Kicking Off

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On a plinth at the mouth of the tunnel at Villa Park stands a replica of the most coveted trophy in club football. Aston Villa lifted the European Cup in 1982 and this season they have decided to shout about it again.

Unai Emery’s men will set a club record 15 consecutive home wins in the league if they take six points from their next two matches in front of their own supporters. The one slight problem is that their opponents are champions Manchester City tonight and leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

That would have felt a near-impossible task before Emery took control and while Villa will be underdogs in both matches, they have no reason to feel intimidated. That is partly why the club felt confident enough to bring back the visual reminder of the European Cup this season.

The trophy has become a symbol of Villa’s rediscovered confidence in front of their own supporters, which has been building ever since their last defeat on home turf – February 18, when Arsenal won 4-2 at Villa Park and Emery castigated his players. 

‘Very frustrated, embarrassing to lose like that in front of our supporters,’ said Emery. ‘The performances can’t continue like that.’ It is fair to say his words were heeded.

Aston Villa are flying and have won their last 13 straight league matches at Villa Park

Aston Villa are flying and have won their last 13 straight league matches at Villa Park

Unai Emery has transformed the Midlands club since taking charge just over a year ago

Unai Emery has transformed the Midlands club since taking charge just over a year ago

Villa face the ultimate litmus test when they take on champions Man City tonight

Villa face the ultimate litmus test when they take on champions Man City tonight

The sequence of home wins has been spectacular yet it cannot be attributed to the players travelling together to Villa Park by coach, or meeting at a hotel on the morning of a match – measures that were adopted by Emery’s predecessors too.

More accurately, it is simply a product of the remarkable levels of detail explored by Emery and the ferocious demands he makes on his squad.

During sessions at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training base, Emery will

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