Friday, 23rd April 2010

Aston Villa have undoubtedly looked a much more competitive side with Martin O’Neill at the helm, and the Irishman feels his side have grown leaps and bounds in the past few years. Although The Villains are unlikely to achieve qualification to the Champions League next year, the former Celtic boss feels it is due to the increase in competition rather than a decline of quality from his side.

At the start of the campaign, we looked back and we had finished sixth in two successive seasons. And players were improving with the club and for the club – and that was great,” O’Neill said on the club’s official website. "Now what happened is Manchester City stepped into the forefront of events and made it exceptionally difficult for sides.”

With only a handful of games left to be played in the Premier League, Villa are currently just three points off fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, but having played a game more.


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