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Juve Better Believe In Europe

That's the worst headline I could think of, but Olof Mellberg is adamant Villa can still qualigy for Europe before he leaves for Italy.

Despite his optimism when speaking on the official site, it must be acknowledged that he says 'we need a hell of a run,' and by God do we if we hope to salvage the automatic European dream from this campaign.

Too many hiccups, too many errors and way too many dropped points have put a slight downer on our season - but I still maintain it shows how far we have come, despite small squad, general whinges etc, for us to be disappointed with where we sit in the league.

We only have 8 games left, and Mellberg believes:

'It is still possible, we can still qualify but we obviously need a hell of a run. We are ten points behind Liverpool, and it is tough because they are playing really well at the moment.

'We are obviously aware of the situation with Portsmouth and the teams behind us as well, like Blackburn and Manchester City.

'We want to try and finish as high as we can. Right now it is all about performances. We must try to raise our game for Sunderland and just take it from there.'

After Boro and Pompey we need to bounce back against Sunderland. Our match against them earlier in the season wasn't exactly easy so we shouldn't be going into the match thinking we will walk over them - they won't let us. But if we can go into the game with half of the performance we put in against Arsenal, to be fair if we could've gone into most games this season with that attitude we'd be in first place, but we can certainly take 3 points from Keane's boys.

'I've said all along that I want to finish at Villa on a winning note. We are obviously all down now because of the last couple of games but apart from that it has been a good season.

'If we can get onto a good run now we will end on a high and that would be massive for me.'

I don't think there is any doubt that Mellberg desperately wants to leave us on a high. After so many years service it would be fitting for him to move on for his last swansong with us well placed to go on and achieve what we never could during his years at the club.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 17 2008

Time: 3:15PM

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errrrrr optimistic mellberg me thinks
krisvilla
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17/03/2008 16:09:00

Still loads of points to play for who would have given Fulham a chance against high flying Everton? Could Everton be due a bad patch, will Pompy and Arry take their eye off the ball with a trip to the capital comiing up soon. Anyone who writes of Villa will do so Ignoring the fact that with the seasons end closing in Villa have only lost 3 home 3 away games all season.
col8
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17/03/2008 17:20:00

errrr
krisvilla
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17/03/2008 18:58:00

we are on bad form too,
krisvilla
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17/03/2008 19:05:00

yes kris, but a win against sunderland could kickstart things (do you remember that tv show? that was ace!) other bad headlines could have been - 'we'll do mell to get into europe' and 'euro ambitions are the tip of the berg'
bobbyfett
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18/03/2008 08:34:00

Realistically top five looks a bridge too far, but finishing sixth will be a tremendous achievement, certainly a position I hadn't even contemplated prior to a ball being kicked in anger last August. Inter-Toto entry was something I wasn't particularly keen on, but I must admit to having had a change of heart. Overall its been a very good season, no complaints from moi.
glensider
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18/03/2008 12:16:00

yeah sixth would be amazing seventh would be too, its an improvement , as long as we qualify for inter toto that'd be brilliant season
krisvilla
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18/03/2008 12:37:00

 

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