Ollie Watkins: Aston Villa Striker’s Reaction to UCL Qualification After Tottenham Loss Goes Viral

Ollie Watkins: Aston Villa Striker’s Reaction to UCL Qualification After Tottenham Loss Goes Viral

Elijah Odetokun
updated at May 15, 2024 at 5:11 PM
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  • Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City last night
  • The match influenced the fate of the teams between first and seventh
  • The result booked Aston Villa’s UEFA Champions League qualification

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Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in London last night, and it was one of the most consequential matches of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

Tottenham went into the match knowing they could influence the destiny of every other team in the top seven spots on the table, positively or negatively.

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Ollie Watkins shushed the Emirates Stadium crowd after helping Aston Villa beat Arsenal 2-0 on April 14, 2024. Photo by Mike Hewitt.
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City needed the result to maintain their advantage in the title race going into the final matchday, when they will play another London team, West Ham, at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal needed their North London rivals to beat the Citizens to ensure they have the advantage during matchday 38 when a win against Everton would have handed them their first title in 20 years.

Ollie Watkins unhappy at Tottenham’s loss

As seen in footage shared on Aston Villa’s X, the club were having their end of the season award dinner when it was confirmed they had qualified for the UCL next season and celebrations began.

Manager Unai Emery and sporting director Monchi hugged. Right behind them was Watkins, looking sober despite his input in helping the team achieve the status.

The reason for his gloomy look has now been unravelled. He grew up an Arsenal fan and would have loved to see the club he supports win the title.

Villa and the striker put the Gunners in a bad spot after beating them at the Emirates Stadium last month with goals from Leon Bailey and Watkins, who admitted to supporting them afterwards.

“I used to [support Arsenal]. I grew up supporting Arsenal, but it's a different story now playing against them. There's not too much to say, really,” he said via SportBible.

The 28-year-old previously claimed he dreams of playing for the Gunners. This season, he scored 19 and assisted another 13 goals in the league and is in the running for player of the year.

Fans slam Son Heung-min

Sports Brief reported on fans slamming Son Heung-min for his miss during Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 home loss to Manchester City last night, which influenced the title race.

The South Korean forward had a decent chance in the 87th minute to draw Spurs level, but Stefan Ortega made a brilliant save. Fans think it was a purposeful miss.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.