Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Champions League? To be or not to be?

Champions League? To be or not to be?

Champions League? To be or not to be?

Now, it’s been a while since I last posted anything (I’ve actually had to do work whilst in the office, I know, shock!) but there does seem to be a somewhat pessimistic mood about (a small minority of) Villa fans at the moment.

Yes I know, we’ve had a wobble over the past few games but other top teams go through that as well. Look at Arsenal, if Villa had there injury worries then a dip in form would come as well, only thing is Arsenal have the squad to compete in the premier league and we don’t.

Now, MON says he will put it right in the summer (please god) about the size of the squad, and from what I have seen, the emergence of some talented youngster, Albrighton, the Fonze, Bannan so the futures bright. Quality, not quantity, well, a little of both would do nicely please Mr O’Neill.

Well, why not 3rd? If we get a result at Liverpool and they lose to United then wouldn’t we go within 3 points of them? Lets not forget that Arsenal have to play Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea in the last 5 games of the season. So its not all doom and gloom, we’ve come a long way since MON has taken over, well since Mr Lerner has been at the club.

Although he didn’t do much, lets not forget Deadly Doug for bringing in MON first of all as his last job for the club (something I guess he will harp on about for many years) and keeping the club stable for so many mid table years.

So hats off to the Villa for challenging, it’s far more exciting than a relegation battle aye? Or mid table obscurity. It could go down to the wire with a result against Newcastle at home, who knows? But at least we’re there and there abouts.

Fourth or fifth would do me, hopefully next season, they will talk about the big 5, not four to include the Villa.

So, hold onto your butts, we gotta long way to go baby!!!


For the very latest Premier League odds

Free £15 bet when you spend £5 on The New Football Pools

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

Date:Wednesday March 11 2009
Time: 12:35PM


Finally a Villa fan with sense, we have come a long way and will continue to progress the right way and over time, so we can sustain it 4 many years to come.
11/03/2009 15:04:00
Here here great article
11/03/2009 18:01:00
Well said. And for those who might be envious of Inter Milan, with The Special One as their coach, this is what he had to say last night about putting a team together: "You can't just turn up and expect to win the Champions League just like that," he commented. "One way is to spend a huge amount of money, which we know is not realistic in the current climate. The second way is to build a team over the course of time. I know which I prefer.
12/03/2009 11:09:00
P.S. With regard to the current poll, am I the only one who agrees with ALL of the statements except the last one? For me, this season has been a huge success so far, I'm very happy with the progress we've made after decades of stagnation, but of course I'd be gutted to lose out on a CL place.
12/03/2009 11:12:00
4th or 5th tho is still an improvement isnt it? bets relegation fight any day. hopefully with a bigger and better squad next year we will have no trouble clinching the final CL place with games to spare. I would be gutted to miss out on CL too but the boys are trying, fingers, toes everything crossed for the biggest run in for villa in the last few years
12/03/2009 12:48:00
I'm with you BTB. The fact we have been in the top 4 position for a while now, it would be disappointing if we didn't finish there. Having said that, 5th would still be progress. I do think though, that for the good of the English game and the hope of the other 15 team in the league we must break the Sky 4's domination. UTV :D
12/03/2009 14:16:00
Agree with the article that we should be excited by what we have done and like everyone keeps saying in the team ïts in our hands now". With some results going our way I think it will be a successful finish for us and I for one will not be surprised. We deserve all we get after a great season. C'mon Villa!
holte ender 1969
12/03/2009 22:17:00
if we did finish 4th i think we would be punching above our weight ,so 5th would still be a great achievement.
chris the villan
13/03/2009 11:10:00
PS good article upthevilla.
chris the villan
13/03/2009 11:12:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Neilson Not A Willing Souttar

Heart of Midlothian boss Robbie Neilson has issued a hands off warning to Aston Villa following speculation that we are preparing an offer for defender John Souttar.

Fans Held Back This Sunday

West Midlands Police have released a statement ahead of this Sunday's derby clash against Birmingham City and confirmed that travelling Villans will be held in...

Gardner Relishing Blues Clash

Midfielder Gary Gardner has also been wheeled out ahead of this weekend's derby against Birmingham City given his long association with the club.

Bruce - You Live For Games Like This

Manager Steve Bruce has continued his preview of this weekend's derby against Birmingham City and admitted people are in football for matches of this magnitude.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Villa get promoted?
Suggested By: J P Fear
Yes, automatically27%
Yes, through play offs41%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
F1 introduces the Verstappen rule
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eggington Stops Gavin in Eight Rounds
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear557
9.Stephen Jay Hawkings146
Vital Football Comment