The international break is over and club football returns this weekend, and we’re certainly in for a treat with countless amounts of derbies taking place. One of those is the Second City derby and Birmingham City midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld has spoken about it.
The Dutch footballer recently spoke to the media in his country about how intense it gets when he’s experienced it when the two Championship sides have met on several occasions since Villa’s relegation from the Premier League.
In an interview with Voetbal International, he said: “These mutual matches are so intense. You can taste the hatred in the stands. When I signed up at Birmingham City, I immediately received one urgent piece of advice: “From now on, you must hate Aston Villa”. And they were the board members who tell you that.
“Both are not playing at the highest level. Birmingham and Villa have both had their problems in recent years, but they remain two very big clubs.”
He signed with Birmingham back in 2015, but it was the 2016/17 season he first played against Aston Villa, he and his side have been unable to beat them however, picking up two draws and two defeats.
The two sides meet again at the weekend, Birmingham had a great October as they climbed from 18th to 9th, however they haven’t won in their last two and now sit right behind rivals Aston Villa, who have won three of their last six games.