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El Tel 'Villa Should Aim To Win The League'

El Tel 'Villa Should Aim To Win The League'

Terry Venables has spoken about Villa in his column in The Sun. The title of the column is 'You must think you can win it' and the premise of the article is that Villa shouldn't be thinking about coming 4th and qualifying for the Champions League, with just seven points between us and the current league leaders, the players should be thinking about winning the league.

HEAR HEAR! And with the right buys in January, who is to say that we can't push as an outside chance to do just that? Ok, it is a long shot, the 'bigger' clubs do have larger squads and players used to closing in on titles BUT ..... Isn't this what football is all about?! Sir Alex Chewalot said we were contenders, you can't argue with the Manchester United bosses experience now can you?

Venables said: 'Seven points off the lead and still very much in the mix, Villa must be thinking big — this season. If Arsene Wenger says Arsenal still have a chance of winning the title then so have Villa. I don’t see why now is not the time. From what I’ve seen, particularly when you consider Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have dropped quite a few points, I think there is an opportunity to be had. This could as good a year as any to slip under the radar and steal the Premier League trophy.'

Adding, 'What is pleasing for me, and for so many other neutral fans, is the incredible number of Englishmen at the club. In last Saturday’s 4-2 win over Bolton, seven players from this country started the game. Three came on as subs while another trio remained unused on the bench. That’s 13 Englishmen in a Premier League squad, something we’ve not seen for a very long time. The most important thing is that these young players have real quality. They excite me.'

He also says that Gabby, Ashley Young and James Milner could all be England regulars. And El Tel doesn't forget Curtis Davies or Gareth Barry either. He says Barry is a 'class act' and Davies is a 'good prospect'

'Right now, Martin’s mission is to prepare a football team which has a chance of pulling off a major shock in English football.' No pressure there then Martin!

The full column is available at: The Sun.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday December 20 2008
Time: 11:05AM


ahhhhhhhhh its all good news nowerdays ain't it. its good to be everyone elses second team. having acorns on our shirt helps too. and the fact that MON talks honestly and can make you laugh. and the fact we play attacking football. and the fact we are awesome. and the fact we are awesome.
20/12/2008 12:00:00
Lol ric112. It is all good and I'm sure we're all secret thinking we're in with a shout. However let's try and keep the pressure off. In the past when we've had the chance to go into third we've always seemed to bottle it. Jut keep on doing what you're doing boys and the silverware is sure to come. UTV!
Adam Deuce
20/12/2008 13:01:00
I suppose the theory is if we aim to win the league we might finish 4th, if we aim to finish 4th we'll probably finish 5th! It's all much of a muchness though isn't it, you just gotta go out there & try to win as many games of football as you can & hopefully you get the rewards. If the season ended now we'd have deserved CL football so hopefully that'll still be the case in May!
Sheriff Kimbo
20/12/2008 13:02:00
When Martin O'Neill took over, we'd just finished 16th in the league. In his first season we finished 11th. In his second (last season) he took us to 6th. Mathematically speaking, we should finish 1st this season :)
20/12/2008 16:05:00
agree expat, some don't seem to understand football the same way as you and me do they!? Seems so bloody obvious to me! lol
The Fear
20/12/2008 16:38:00
Well now we've just taken 3 points from West Haaam in a smash and grab, it's another step closer. It's about time the media and the rest of the league started taking us seriously. A win over Arsenal will put us well on our way . . . UP THE VILLA
20/12/2008 21:43:00
Great win... usually this, given our position had 0-0 or narrow defeat written all over it. The closer we get the more likely it is that people will want our best players. O'Neill looks off his rocker for saying that our Ash is up there with Messi or Ronaldinho, but seriously I think he's setting his stall out now for when the 'top' teams come knocking, trying to undo the good work we're doing, like Liverpool with Barry. If we're in the mix now then it is only a matter of time. Let's not get too suicidal if we a) don't beat Arsenal and b) have a disappointing January, we're building a great footballing outfit not seen at VP for years - for instance, all this playing players out of position business... it improved Gabby it will improve others. When we fill the left wing position and stick Ashley out right he will be absolutely and totally devastating. I reckon it's all part of a masterplan...UP THE VILLA, UP MO'N!!
21/12/2008 05:06:00
You have to admire and applaud the sentiments of Terry Venables, he doesn't distribute praise lightly. Even should we see off the Arsenal on Boxing Day though, its important to keep our feet on the ground. Still a long way to go, with what remains a lightweight squad. Over to you in January Mart.
08/01/2009 15:36:00
We're winning, and at times we are winning ugly. Playing below par, yet still collecting the points on offer. That has to be a good knack to have, certainly considerably better than playing well and losing. Long may it continue, particularly when injuries and suspensions hit in the second half of the campaign.
08/01/2009 15:39:00
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