Aston Villa mark their return to the Premier League with a game against Tottenham.
It’s live on talkSPORT at 5:30pm as GameDay begins on talkSPORT, so Villa defender James Chester joined talkSPORT for a trip down memory lane in ‘My Greatest’.
He kicks us off by discussing Gareth Bale’s brilliance, something Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane would surely disagree with.
Greatest team-mate: Gareth Bale
It’s a tough one because I’ve played with some really good people, but I think ability-wise I’d have to go for him.
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Greatest trainer: Paul McShane
He’s just always putting in 100 per cent and training everyday like it meant something.
If you ask him to go for a coffee at 1.30pm, he’ll agree to meet you, but won’t be there until 4.30pm because he’s still in the gym.
Greatest player of all time: Lionel Messi
Being a Man United fan it’s tough, but I’d have to go for him over Cristiano Ronaldo.
Greatest game: Wales 3-2 Belgium, Euro 2016
The occasion was amazing, but to get the result was a really special night and probably the best feeling I’ve ever had on a football field.
Greatest game watched: Between two
On TV it would be when Man United beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 1999.
The greatest game I’ve watched live would be United beating Liverpool [3-2] at Old Trafford [in 2010] when Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick – he scored an overhead kick and it was one of the best goals I’ve ever seen.
Greatest moment: Promotion
I’ve been lucky to have a few – more than I’d ever imagined I would – and playing in the FA Cup final and scoring [against Arsenal in 2014] was special, but I think winning promotion with Hull City and Aston Villa have both been really special moments.
Greatest kit: Aston Villa
The first time I signed for Aston Villa in 2016 and put the kit on. It felt special in that first season I was here.
Greatest atmosphere: Hull 5-3 Sheffield United, 2014
Crystal Palace away is always a good one as they make some really good noise and I recall the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United, too. I remember after one of their goals the noise was something I’d never heard before.
Greatest stadium: Goodison Park
Emirates is pretty special from walking through the door to the changing rooms, everything about it is top quality.
One of my personal favourites, though, is Goodison Park because I love the feeling of the fans being on top of you, so for old school: Everton and new school: Arsenal.
One of the most exciting things about the opening day of the season is going to Tottenham as none of us will have played there and I’ve heard it’s really good.
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