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Gareth Barry 'We've Never Had A Better Chance'

Gareth Barry has told the Sunday Mercury that the Villa are strong mentally and have their sights firmly set on a Champions League place.

Who knows, with the right injection of skill this January, we could be looking at above 4th as well, it might seem unlikely but why not, we are in the mix points wise and no team has got a runaway lead at this stage. There again, the second half of the season often sorts the boys from the men, or is it the men from the boys, not sure! Especially with injuries and suspensions usually kicking in.

Barry said: 'The aim is to try to get that fourth spot, but we have got to be realistic about it. It is going to be hard to achieve that. We are going to need strong players and a strong mentality. I think we are getting that as we are not always playing well, but the results are there and that is down to a strong mentality.'

Adding 'The belief that we can win is growing - no matter where we are playing.'



He also says they don't fear anyone now and know they can 'grind out' results.

And on a top four finish he told the local paper: 'I think we've never had a better chance. Certainly, with the type of players we have here, I think we can achieve it.'

And most excitingly - and perhaps he'll have less of a wonderlust because of this - he says the club is 'going forward all the time.'

Lets cement that with a top striker this month eh?!?!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 14 2009

Time: 2:55PM

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Seems he's glad he did not got to Liverpool?!
JT_daniel
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14/01/2009 15:05:00

"And on a top four finish he told the local paper: 'I think we've never had a better chance." Never? I think we've finished in the top four once or twice before in the last 135 years...
IanSymes
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14/01/2009 15:07:00

I think he'd have loved nothing more than to be at Liv now, imagin the papers. "Barry signing helps Liverpool to top of the table". The press would have absolutely loved it and so would he.
PTP
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14/01/2009 16:20:00

but what if he flopped at liverpool? the player he would have replaced (alonso) has been on fire this season and one of the contributing factors to them being where they are. So it could have easily been liverpool in Arsenal's shoes right now in 5th behind us?
industrial_musical
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14/01/2009 18:50:00

Oh and i nearly forgot, with liverpool in 5th we would have been calling him 'agent Barry'...make of that what you will!
industrial_musical
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14/01/2009 18:51:00

Gareth doesn't speak for the sake of speaking, so its good to read his views on our chances this season. He's played a very big role in our progress to date, and I think that 99% of us are absolutely delighted that he's still wearing the claret and blue.
glensider
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15/01/2009 22:36:00

Gareth knows as well as anyone though, that a couple of top quality new arrivals are needed if at all possible during the January transfer window. We all know that we're only a couple of injuries to key players away from the season blowing up in our faces. We have coped admirably to date, but the going from here on in is going to get a lot, lot tougher. Bodies are needed.
glensider
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15/01/2009 22:39:00

 

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