re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (Winning at home is overrated anyways)
Gareth Barry admits he smiled to himself when he saw Manchester City drawn with his former team Villa in tonight's Capital One Cup clash.
He said: "I had a smile on my face when we drew Villa.
I was chatting to James about it and we were talking about how when you leave a club these fixtures always seem to come up in the cups.
That's football. It often brings you back together.
I still massively keep an eye out on Villa and how they're getting on.
All my mates are from Birmingham. Most are Villa fans. Some are Blues supporters. The banter is still there.
I spent 12 years at the club, played loads of games in that claret and blue shirt. It's still one of the results I look out for.
I enjoyed my time at the club so much. You don't suddenly lose touch with a club after all that service."
He added: "I watched the Newcastle v Villa game at Stan's and it was great to see so many
young brave players out there."