O'Neill: Villa have to prioritise Prem

25 February 2009 12:13
O'Neill believes the European experience will stand all his players in good stead as Villa look to seal a Champions League spot for next season via a top four finish in the Premier League.[LNB]And he is hoping that in 12 months time Villa will have a big enough squad to sustain a push for domestic and European glory.[LNB]O'Neill, who has left eight first-team players at home for Thursday's last-32 second-leg clash with CSKA Moscow, said: "I have no regrets whatsoever about entering the UEFA Cup.[LNB]"I am delighted because these experiences will definitely stand us in good stead.[LNB]"I am not just talking about the younger players like Gabby (Agbonlahor) and Ashley (Young) but also ones who have played a lot of international football like Gareth Barry and Stiliyan Petrov.[LNB]"I think the European games at club level have been terrific for everyone so there are no regrets. In many aspects, it has helped us immensely.[LNB]"Maybe this time next year, all these experiences that we have had will stand us in good stead."[LNB]O'Neill added: "If we are still involved in Europe by this time next year, hopefully we will have the size of squad to be involved in these things.[LNB]"But the chairman (Randy Lerner) has entrusted me in the running of the football club. This is the way I am doing it at the minute.[LNB]"The Premier League, given the position we are in, is very important. Taking everything into account, we have to prioritise."[LNB][LNB] Prem To Finish In Top 4 2008/09 Win Outright: Aston Villa 8/13[LNB] 

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