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Young - Cup can be our European back-up
Published : 05 Jan 2010 10:09:23
Luke Young insists Aston Villa's main priority is to secure a Champions League spot but he is eyeing the Carling Cup as another possible route into Europe ahead of Tuesday's semi-final clash with Blackburn.
And the defender would dearly love to appear in a major final after being an unused substitute when Tottenham beat Leicester - managed by current Villa boss Martin O'Neill - in the 1999 final.
Young said: "Our main priority is trying to get into the Champions League. There is no point in not having a go at it and we have done well during the first half of the season. That is our first aim but, if we don't do that, the Carling Cup can be another route into Europe."
He added: "The competition has still got a lot of gloss. It's so difficult to win a competition in this country.
"The big four tend to win everything so to get to any final is a massive occasion and I'm sure the fans will see it that way if we can get to Wembley."
Full-back Young added: "I've never played in a major final. I sat on the bench in the League Cup when I was 19 with Spurs after I played in a couple of the earlier rounds.
"Justin Edinburgh was sent off but we went on to beat Leicester 1-0 with a late goal.
"For me, it wasn't so much missing out, I was just pleased to be there. At that stage I had only played 10-12 games for Spurs so it was all new and exciting.
"I didn't realise it would take 10 years to get there again - if we can get past Blackburn."