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Villa To Really Try In Europe This Season

After the reserve outings and the final capitulation against CSKA Moscow last season, Monny assures us we will do our 'utmost' to see off Rapid Vienna.

Okay, I've got my flame hat well and truly on for this one...I can probably even predict some of the comments, but hey, for me that was a low point. Yet we have people arguing Barry should've stayed cause he saw progress...yes he saw exactly how we treated European competition didn't he!

Anyway.

Martin O'Neill has said after yesterdays draw that sees us pitted against Rapid Vienna and although we can expect a tough two tie against the 32 time Austrian Champions, we will not be treated this challenge lightly.

Monny assures us we will do our 'utmost' to progress to the group stages and the official site confirmed we will play at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium on 20th August, with the home leg following 7 days later (27th August for those who have the same trouble as me when it comes to counting).

'It is a difficult tie - a really tough one. It could have been an easier draw.

'They have already started their season so I am obviously concerned about that.

'They are a fine football club with a good pedigree. It is a tie over two legs and one we are desperate to get through because we want to be in that Europa League group stage.

'We will try our absolute utmost to progress.'


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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 8 2009

Time: 8:00AM

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good! Hope so. This really is a chance of some success and maybe even silverware, as is the Carling Cup. Maybe it is these areas we need to see as a priority over chasing the dream of winning the league just yet!
the fear
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08/08/2009 08:25:00

good! Hope so. This really is a chance of some success and maybe even silverware, as is the Carling Cup. Maybe it is these areas we need to see as a priority over chasing the dream of winning the league just yet!
the fear
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08/08/2009 08:25:00

without several new faces, I really see more of the same for Villa, Everton and especially fulham, who I worry will really suffer for their ambition. I will be really rooting for all the English teams, as I see the bigger picture of it being good for our game. To be honest our ruling bodies really need to look to help our teams more at times, although I aprecate this isnt always possible, but getting European success with a limited squad will be very difficult without luck and probably early exits from the domestic cups as well. then it is about what matters more to you as a fan, the Europa of the FA Cup, what would mean more?
oxfordspur
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08/08/2009 10:01:00

without several new faces, I really see more of the same for Villa, Everton and especially fulham, who I worry will really suffer for their ambition. I will be really rooting for all the English teams, as I see the bigger picture of it being good for our game. To be honest our ruling bodies really need to look to help our teams more at times, although I aprecate this isnt always possible, but getting European success with a limited squad will be very difficult without luck and probably early exits from the domestic cups as well. then it is about what matters more to you as a fan, the Europa of the FA Cup, what would mean more?
oxfordspur
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08/08/2009 10:01:00

Well Beye is thought to have chosen Villa largely because we have Eurofooty this season. Now I know nothing about this fellow but it does rather undermine those that say only CL counts. If MON fails to take this competition seriously this time around then we can, realistically, forget all competitions other than the league in the future until we, maybe one day, qualify for CL.
villan of the north
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08/08/2009 11:18:00

Well Beye is thought to have chosen Villa largely because we have Eurofooty this season. Now I know nothing about this fellow but it does rather undermine those that say only CL counts. If MON fails to take this competition seriously this time around then we can, realistically, forget all competitions other than the league in the future until we, maybe one day, qualify for CL.
villan of the north
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08/08/2009 11:18:00

votn, I would suggest that Beye is the kind of player who would be delighted to play intertoto cup football. He is not the kind of player who was ever going to be good enough to even dream of playing Champions League football. It's about Champions League football for the very best players. The kind if players we are in the market for are not of that quality. Let's not get too excited about a player choosing us over Hull. I suspect he would have gone with us even if we weren't in the Europa joke cup.
Albarnista
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08/08/2009 14:48:00

votn, I would suggest that Beye is the kind of player who would be delighted to play intertoto cup football. He is not the kind of player who was ever going to be good enough to even dream of playing Champions League football. It's about Champions League football for the very best players. The kind if players we are in the market for are not of that quality. Let's not get too excited about a player choosing us over Hull. I suspect he would have gone with us even if we weren't in the Europa joke cup.
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