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Have Villa Waved The White Flag For UEFA Cup?

Have Villa Waved The White Flag For UEFA Cup?

Have Villa waved the white flag when it comes to the UEFA Cup?

The squad has been announced today and once again Martin O'Neill has gone for a less than strong selection, something he seems to do a great deal in all cup competitions. Now fair enough some will say that with the size of our squad we have to prioritise for the league push but I guess the counter question is who is responsible for the size of the squad and isn't winning silverware - or winning at all - a good habit to pick up?

Suppose all depends on the result but looking at this squad, I'd certainly not place money on a win in Moscow and thank the good lord Paul McGrath that I didn't buy tickets to go over there like four of my mates. Not sure how they will feel when they see this. I guess time will tell.

Martin O'Neill explained: 'We have a couple of players carrying injuries and a couple of others who I believe need resting for the important final third of the season.'

There is no Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor or James Milner and Brad Friedel also stays at home.


Brad Guzan
Stuart Taylor
Elliott Parish


Luke Young
Curtis Davies
Zat Knight
Nicky Shorey
Eric Lichaj
Ciaran Clark
Shane Lowry


Steve Sidwell
Moustapha Salifou
Craig Gardner
Isaiah Osbourne
Barry Bannan
Marc Albrighton


Marlon Harewood
John Carew
Nathan Delfouneso

Bit pathetic really, but hey ho.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday February 24 2009
Time: 10:50AM


What do you think? We waited years to get back into Europe and now this. Baffling the attitude to the cups this season.
The Fear
24/02/2009 10:55:00
Strange one this as you could very feasibly have got through this tie despite Moscow having a slight advantage, I'd of backed you to at least score over there. As fans we'd all prefer silverware, but the Champions League is the be all and end all for money men at a club. Will mean now it will probably be 4 games without a win going into your next league game, I'm willing to bet you'd have put in a better performance coming back from a great win over there, and there's definatly the possibility of getting to a final in the UEFA Cup.
24/02/2009 11:02:00
i hate to say it but i think this is the right move. the one thing that clearly stood out to me in the chealsea game (first half especially) is we were fatiuged. now i would love to win the UEFA cup but beating moscow does not ensure that. we have a real good chance of getting a top 4 spot in the league and that appears to be the holy grail. give me UEFA cup glory and 5th in the league i would be as happy as can be, but this is the way to go unfortunatley.
24/02/2009 11:08:00
I am livid. What a joke.
24/02/2009 11:08:00
Personally we are not guaranteed a place in the top 4 yet... places 3 & 4 only earn the opportunity to play a qualification match to see if you can get in.... on paper it looks bad.
24/02/2009 11:09:00
gonna get battered, im sure of that, really disappointing... but what do you do? go strong have more games fatigue everyone, miss out on 3rd or 4th and lose Gareth Barry, it's more of a long term plan me thinks. SHort term it just looks bad, gotta look at the bigger picture. really is quite disappointing, that team is set up to go.. 'please beat us', then you look at it and go what was the point of goin into inter toto? so many questions so little answers!
24/02/2009 11:21:00
This what you call putting all your eggs into one basket. Pathetic. Big Club? Don't make me laugh.
24/02/2009 11:28:00
massive pressure on Monny to get at least 4th... if it all goes pete tong, will be a look back on missed opportunities.
24/02/2009 11:30:00
Thank god. I dont think any fan can argue that even at home with a first eleven out against chelsea we look tired after playing midweek. If we go to russia and then back again for the weekend, we'll be shot. I can see with people asking why we entered the inter-toto if we had no intention of going to win the comp, but come on - to get into the champions league at this moment in time is a ONCE IN A DECADE chance to A: get into the best european competition and B:get income so we can improve our squad to challenge on more fronts at the same time like the top 4. If we jeopardise our chances in the league then we will have honestly made no improvement from last year worth talking about. This is an experienced and absolutely correct move by MO'N. UTV
24/02/2009 11:43:00
I really do not understand all this talk about fatigue. For goodness sake these men are professional athletes and, if they are properly trained and fit then they should be fully recovered from their games within 24/36 hours max. Unless, of course, their out of hours excesses are such they are still recovering from them when they should be playing, in which case some may be continually knackered. A game every three to four days should not be beyond any them providing they are being sensible in their off duty time.
24/02/2009 12:13:00
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