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Spurs CL Qualification Bad News For Villa?

Spurs CL Qualification Bad News For Villa?

Spur's CL qualification is disastrous for Aston Villa

One thing I haven't heard anyone talk about is what Spur's Champion's League qualification means for Villa.

After losing against Man City it was game over for us, but compensation was still possible. That would have come in the form of Man City qualifying. The reason I'm saying this is because wherever they finish they'll be spending big this summer, attracting far better players than we can.

But now Spurs have got at least 4th, they are also in a much better position than us. So instead of having 4 teams we can't compete with, it's now 5. Or if you want to add Liverpool to that, it's 6 instead of 5.

I understand we can still finish 5th, but I would have rather finished 6th if it meant Man City finished 4th, and Spurs ended up in the Europa with us.

It's sad because we've already broken our premiership points record tally this year, but I think with Spurs, Man City and Man U all looking (and probably succeeding) at poaching our best talent, we'll see us struggle next season to get nearer it.

Any thoughts?

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Date:Friday May 7 2010
Time: 2:37PM


Or Gareth Barry ... :o)
07/05/2010 14:46:00
You can't knock the fact that the best team got 4th. Beating Chelsea, Arsenal and City in the hardest of the three run-ins was an amazing achievement, so good luck to them. But, one swallow doesn't a summer make (although it can make for a rather good evening!) and I really can't see them going anywhere in the long term. They certainly won't be picking off our players in the way that United used to because, with the tough stance we took over Barry, I doubt even United can do that anymore. They'll still be scrapping with us, City, Liverpool and probably Everton next season as they won't have the squad that the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and United have.
07/05/2010 14:50:00
Villa will struggle, their foward line is to similar. You need to mix it up, Carew & Heskey are the same players. At spurs we have Crouch, Gudjohsen, Defoe etc, different fowards, different style of play, not so predicatble. Good luck foe the season
07/05/2010 14:58:00
in a straight choice between Spurs and City, all logic says that spurs are the better bet from your side. We have got the place, but will have a hell of a job keeping it next season, but City potentially could go off the scale in the summer and bring in far bigger and better names than Spurs sadly. this isnt about rivalry between villa or spurs but for the good of your club in my opiniion. at least with spurs, yoy still will feel you are very much on a par, whilst city have the money to push for the very top.
07/05/2010 14:58:00
yep I'd already worked that one out , Citeh have enough money buy who they want regardless , whereas Spurs now have the CL to attract better players.
07/05/2010 14:58:00
think you will alays be in and around because of your work ethic, city have showed that money doest buy anything but arrogance and pre-madonna, wouldnt be surprised to see, bellamy, ireland and tevez leave, that would leave them with no fight and just a bunch of individuals on 150+grand a week who couldnt give a *****!
07/05/2010 15:01:00
I dont think it makes a difference who finished fourth for villa as i cannot see them finishing fourth for a number of years,. Out of the teams challenging villa have the smallest squad and unless Lerner backs MON with sufficient funds villa will struggle again. Villa have been lucky in a number of games this season including the 2 games against spurs.
spurfect one
07/05/2010 15:01:00
Chelsea will be up there for many years no matter what. I always think (hope) ManUtd doesn't have it anymore - but they keep on being up there. Arsenal has a young squad, and if they buy a new keeper, CB and a striker, they can win the title. ManCity is slowly buying their way in there. They will be impossible to beat in a few years. Spurs have a big squad with good double-up in every position, but will have to overachieve or get one or two world-stars to be up there. Then there's Liverpool, who I think will struggle to get 7th if nothing dramatic happens soon:) And we have Villa....yes, it will be very hard to get fourth or better for every team now. Imo, yyou have to improve your attacking game! Your back-line is excellent, but you rely too much on counterattack. I think there is no way you can counter your way into top four:) I expect you to tell us we can't hoof our way into fourth with Crouch, and I agree, hate .that tactic when it's used :) Good luck beating Liverpool for sixth! :)
07/05/2010 15:17:00
Interesting points. I think for football in GENERAL it was good for Spurs to get 4th rather than Citeh. Probably for Villa it would have been better for Citeh to have qualified. Citeh will spend massive anyway and Spurs now have substantial additional sums to spend which we dont. Citeh will move away from us and now possibily Spurs, although I think Arsenal may 'drop' and I don't see Liverpool recovering too quickly. The Champions League may adversly affect Spurs League form. Not sure, but they definitely deserved the chance to find out because their form after the semi final loss was sensational. Agrre that we need a 'different' type of striker to compliment what we have. A younger Robbie Keane type. A bit like Teddy Sheringham used to play. One BIG advantage Villa have though is our Youth policy. Some potentially top players there.
07/05/2010 15:29:00
Might be a good thing Spurs qualifying as all their energy will be focused on the champions league and not the premiership...........At the end of the day 65-70 points usually gets you 4th place, this is achievable IF you win the vast majority of your home games (something we really need to work on) and take out the lesser teams away from (something we dont really have a problem with) . A quality striker to finish our crosses and a replacement for Petrov to unlock stubbon 10 man defences IMO will see us beat our points total again next season.
07/05/2010 15:46:00
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