Unai Emery Revels In Aston Villa's Champions League Qualification

Unai Emery has expressed delight after his Aston Villa side sealed fourth spot to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.

May 15, 2024 - 12:52
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Unai Emery Revels In Aston Villa's Champions League Qualification

Villa's place among Europe's elite was confirmed on Tuesday after fifth placed Tottenham Hotspurs lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City.

That result has ensured Villa hold a five-point cushion over their nearest challengers going into the final weekend of the season.

This will be the first time Villa will be competing in Europe's top most club competition since the 1982/1983 season.

"It's a very special day," the Spaniard told Villa's official media channels.

"It was our dream when we started the season to be here. To play Champions League is, after the Premier League, the best.

"You can play in the Premier League against the best teams in the world, it's very difficult. When you are playing in the Champions League, you are playing against the best teams, at the same time, from other countries. And it's amazing.

"We know the history of Aston Villa is so long and so successful. Even in the Champions League, we knew the responsibility was to try to increase our level, try to be demanding and to dream.

"I want to enjoy more and, next year, the new challenge starts for us. To build a team again, and be strong to go and always increase our level; this is our objective."

Aston Villa wrap up a hugely successful season with a trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday.