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Villa Captain A Realist

Villa Captain A Realist

Gareth Barry has warned everyone not to get too carried away with our friendly victory over Inter Milan saying we won't be playing them in the Champions League and that dream is some way off for us.

The Villa captain told the official site:

'We are not used to beating Inter but it is a nice little experience and is where big clubs like us want to head. The club is moving forward a lot under the manager and the chairman Randy Lerner but I realise things aren't going to happen overnight. We are not going to be playing the Inter Milans this year, probably not next year and it is a big ask for the season after.'

Good to see Barry being a realist, but would he feel the same way if Martin O'Neill had acted more decisively in the transfer window like all fans, pundits and players expected? As far as I can see, fourth spot is up for grabs, a massive ask but there is no reason we shouldn't see Villa pushing to be in the mix, we have the resources and infrastructure now.

He added, 'You only need to look at our squad on the back of the programme to see how lightweight we are but there's three weeks to go until the transfer window closes and the manager is working hard to get players in. Hopefully, this year the manager will make a few more steps in the transfer market as our aim is to finish as high as possible. That's what we all want at the club and it would certainly help my England claims, as if the team are doing very well it gives you that 20 per cent extra chance of international recognition.'

Meanwhile Inter's goalkeeper, who saved the score line against them being worse, Julio Cesar said after the 3-0 drubbing:

'We were tired and our legs were hurting, but we tried to score right until the final minute so it's fine like this.'

Must admit, I didn't see them have one meaningful shot on target?

Adding, 'This is how we should interpret these pre-season friendlies. I didn't see a bad Inter or a bad performance. We were just lacking a bit of lucidity and the strength to counter a more in-form opponent in the decisive moments. But we had our chances and we could have equalised at the end of the first half. These things don't count at this stage of the season.'

'Our performance today was certainly influenced by logistical aspects like the trip by coach, the quick lunch and the tiredness after a very early start following yesterday's very tough day of training.' Finishing 'It was a good training session for me, a good test. I made lots of nice saves.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday August 6 2007
Time: 8:40AM

Comments

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Excuses excuses. Admit it. We trounced you.
Adam Deuce
06/08/2007 09:17:00
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Cesars comments are a bit strange. He was at a different game to me. Inter had one 5 minute spell before half time but that was it. Must be the tiredness affecting him.
return of godzvilla
06/08/2007 09:20:00
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We were absolutely brilliant. Reo-Coker is going to be a fans favourite! I even thought Cahill did really well at Right Back, crosses wern't great but did well otherwise. Mellberg looks a lot stronger when he plays with Laursen. Petrov can be very fustrating but is starting to look a bit better. Barry proved he is one of the best miodfielders in England, again. And the pace of our strikers is frightening. Cant wait till the new season now! Up the villa!
Mr_North_Stand
06/08/2007 11:11:00
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Not even one word of praise for us! Poor losers!
DeanoVilla
06/08/2007 11:38:00
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We gave 'em a sound spanking, and the scoreline reflects that. They can wheel out every excuse under the sun, but the fact is that on the day Inter weren't at the races.
glensider
06/08/2007 14:59:00
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I suppose its better for the Captain to have his feet on the ground rather than his head in the clouds.
col8
06/08/2007 22:22:00
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Gareth'surprise at the lack of incoming new faces, a view shared by both Gary Cahill and Olof the Great who have also gone public, also no doubt tempers his enthusiasm and belief that a successful season is on the cards. The senior guys within the dressing room have to be shaking their heads with concern.
glensider
07/08/2007 17:07:00
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