Unai Emery sends Champions League message to Aston Villa supporters after win vs Newcastle

Aston Villa’s head coach had a message for supporters about the Champions League after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United.
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Unai Emery gave his verdict on Aston Villa’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League after a dominant 3-0 victory in a six-pointer against Newcastle United. Guided by an early strike from Jacob Ramsey and a clinical brace from Ollie Watkins, Villa moved to within six points of the top four on Saturday afternoon.

It was a performance that got supporters dreaming of a genuine shot at playing in the nearby continent next season as the Villans made an in-form Newcastle side look hopeless. Control was asserted from the very first minute as Watkins hit the post, with clear-cut opportunities flooding in throughout the game.

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The Lions have played more games than other sides also in the fight, but the form at current is so scintillating it can only be bettered by league leaders Arsenal. Seven wins in the last eight outings have not only soared Villa into the top half but solidified their position in sixth.

When asked about the chances of Champions League qualification, however, Emery was very reluctant for his team - and fans - to get ahead of themselves. “We are speaking about the difficult next target. We can have it [one day] but not now,” Emery said post-match.

“Now, we can think about being a candidate for the Europa League position but now a top four position is very difficult. Maybe with more good results in a few weeks we can think, but not now. There are good teams in front. We are going to face Tottenham at home and Manchester United away, but they have enough advantage at the moment,” Emery continued.

Aston Villa are in with a serious chance of playing European football next season.Aston Villa are in with a serious chance of playing European football next season.
Aston Villa are in with a serious chance of playing European football next season.

Hopes and beliefs may have well and truly commenced for that ‘next target’ coming sooner rather than later, but Villa’s head coach was sure to keep himself and those around him grounded. Regardless, it could be a very exciting end to the season indeed with 27 points still up for grabs. It’ll be tight, but it’s possible.

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