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Champions League Is Our Aim

Martin O'Neill has said that the UEFA Cup is only the beginning of his Villa dream, he wants to be in the Champions League.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neill stated that he was due to meet with Lerner shortly to discuss targets for the summer and also said that next season's aim will be more than simply the Uefa Cup.

'The idea of the football club is that obviously we would have the same drive and ambition as Newcastle United, all those sides - Champions League is where you want to go. I think people would want to harbour that ambition.

'I'm not saying the Villa fans harboured that thought a couple of seasons ago, but deep down any Villa fan worth his salt would like to think that that is where the club would like to go.

'This is the best time to talk to the chairman. Even though I have said I wouldn't mind a day or two for a bit of respite, when you look at the squad we had at West Ham, we had Curtis Davies out and we will lose one or two with Olof Mellberg going. So we've got a lot to address over the summer. But we want to push on.

'If you look at our squad nine players have played in excess of 32 Premier League games. We can't expect the same nine players to all play so many games again.

'We have played virtually the same side. I think it's particularly excellent, a phenomenal achievement, so I want to think about that for a day or two and then we will see.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 13 2008

Time: 2:57PM

Your Comments

Thems fightin' words. MON could be up for it this TW and I'm sure Learner didn't come to VP to watch other teams have success. Even if Learner is only in it for the money (which I doubt) then he will have seen that CL is where the money is and where Villa need to be. UTV!
Villan Of The North
I'm not overly happy with the "so I want to think about that for a day or two and then we will see." comment. Chelsea signed Bosingwa the day teh transfer window opened. MON YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK IF YOU ARE GOING TO GET ANY OF YOUR TARGETS - whoever they maybe.
Adam Deuce
Four points off a champion's league spot is how close we was in January, if we spend a few quid during the window it could of been season just gone.
chris the villan
"if we spend a few quid during the window it could of been season just gone" - I know it's frustrating, CTV, but I don't believe that throwing money at transfers builds a better team/squad. Think about the teams we were envious of during the last two transfer windows, including Man City, Pompey, Wham, Newcastle. We beat all of them into Europe in the end. Yes, you can throw money at players, but you don't necessarily get a TEAM out of it. I'm more and more convinced that slow but steady wins the race.
BobTheBuilder
MON is building it up, now lets hope he is as a good in the transfer market as he at talking.
young_jonah
You are right Bob, MON is improving us all the time we had a cracking season and two years down the line we should be in a great position to challenge for fourth spot
chris the villan
Congrats guys! Glad to see you in Europe and we as Prem fans are proud to have you guys represent the league in the UEFA Cup instead of Blackburn. Next season will be even tougher but MON will improve your squad and Im happy for you guys. :)
Lou the Gunneress
We've made great strides over the past two seasons, no doubt about it. We are now at a very crucial part of our development, and have a very important transfer window ahead of us. We have to be seen to be in there competing for that additional quality that can not only see us repeat our sixth place finish next season, but take those additional steps forward and ensure that we better it. The quality players that we currently have, and lets face it, we have a few, need to see that the club is indeed not just talking the talk, but is prepared to go out and spend the type of money that will well and truly see us back amongst the big boys. Entry into the Inter-Toto is perhaps nothing to get overly excited about in the grand scheme of things, but in truth it is. Its another step on the road back. It will hopefully see us gain entry into the UEFA Cup qualifying round, and then we can take it from there. We've been absent from the european stage for way too long. We need to test the waters of competitive european club football again, get the name of Aston Villa Football Club back out there. Yes Champions League football is there for the future, but lets take it one step at a time. A big season, an important season, lies ahead of us, a mere two months or so away. Roll on 2008-09.
glensider
We are so close, i can almost taste it
young_jonah
 

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