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Euro Education Needed For Villa

Euro Education Needed For Villa

Martin O'Neill has said that many of the players in our squad need to learn what European football is all about if we are to progress in the UEFA Cup.

It's made all the more fun by the fact the youngers will need to learn whilst still performing.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neill explained that for many of the lads the hard fought win against Odense was in many ways the perfect introduction to competative European football and that if nothing else, it should've taught them never underestimate an opponent.

'The players in our squad who have not played in Europe before will definitely have benefited from the Odense game.

'It can be a bit of a surprise for players to learn that most countries that we will play in, if we're lucky enough to progress; the players will be technically very good.

'Even with all of the Premier League experience that some of our boys have had, you get a bit of a surprise at the technically gifted players you come up against.

'I felt there were one or two in the Odense side who would be very comfortable playing at higher levels.'

You can't help but wonder if the Twins was one of them!

'So the further we can go in this competition, the better the experience and hopefully that will help the likes of Gabby, Ashley Young and others continue to develop as players.

'I saw that in my time at Celtic. When we reached the UEFA Cup Final a number of players grew in stature as the run went on.'

Most of our players will have to grow in stature this season, not just in Europe but for the league aswell, if we hope to emulate and better our achievements last season.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
Time: 2:27PM

Comments

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Come on Boys!!! UTV, oh and good luck to Liege tonight ;-) me bitter......nah never.
TMorley
13/08/2008 14:58:00
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i read that he thinks foreigner players are more technically gifted from this; buy some please!
shortshadyuk
13/08/2008 15:05:00
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I don't think you'll have too many problems really. I think the key is finding a balance between the rough and tumble of the premier league (which can put teams in good stead in europe) yet also having the technical ability, possession football and organisation to be hard to play against. I think you'll do well.
toffeetower
13/08/2008 15:13:00
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It must be great to play under O'Neill as a manager. He obviously can make everyone believe they are capable of improvement, however good or mediocre they are. How lucky we are to have him at the helm!
villacross
13/08/2008 16:02:00
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Today I'm cheering for the youngsters of Standard Liege!
gwyllum18
13/08/2008 16:51:00
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I think there is a whole bunch of us who are gwyllum :) Europe will be a great experience for our younger lads as everyone says, even if we got knocked out in the group stages we'd have played six games against some good European sides. With this squad of players though, as long as they adapt I see no reason we shouldn't go further. Nice to see an Everton fan giving us his backing above too.
Mayo_12
13/08/2008 17:31:00
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What is your obsession with foreign players shortshadyuk? If James Milner was Jamo Milnero from some Spanish outfit you'd welcome him to B6 with open arms, instead of berating talk of us attempting to sign him from Newcastle. You cant judge these foreigners on five minutes of tv highlights.
glensider
14/08/2008 10:27:00
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We've been out of competive european club football for way too long for a club of this stature, so its great to see ourselves back on the european stage once again. It will be a learning process for the majority of the players, but will no doubt be an experience that they'll all enjoy, and want to repeat again season after season.
glensider
14/08/2008 10:30:00
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It would undoubtedly be a "tee hee" moment after the GB carry-on to see Standard Liege vanquish the Liverpudlians. However, we need to take the longer view and hope that all the English teams do well in the CL so as to preserve the four slots. After all, we are endeavouring to aspire to getting one of them, aren't we?
lanucah
14/08/2008 12:40:00
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A Liverpool defeat to Liege wont hit Englands four clubs in europe for next season lanucah, so taking that into account, lets hope Standard Liege come up trumps. For just this once it wont hurt to hope an English team gets beat.
glensider
03/09/2008 13:27:00
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