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Emery aiming to keep Aston Villa in Champions League long-term

The Aston Villa boss is aiming to win the Champions League and Premier League during his time at the club.

Unai Emery

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery says his plan is to keep the club in the Champions League for as many seasons as possible.

The Villans confirmed their place at Europe’s top table on Tuesday night when Tottenham failed to beat Manchester City.

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It means they cannot be caught on the final day and will play in the Champions League for the first time in over 30 years.

Emery has done a remarkable job since arriving at Villa Park.

Three seasons ago, Villa were relegation contenders but escaped by the skin of their teeth.

Now, they have re-established their legacy as a big club and the boss is only looking upwards.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “It is a dream. It is very difficult.

“When we were at the beginning of the season playing two matches against City and Arsenal, we won both matches. We were there. Those teams are amazing with consistency.

“I want to get better and I have my dreams and I believe in my dreams. Of course my objectives is to win the Premier League or the Champions League.

“We are not contenders, but it is our dream to get something like that in the league in the Champions League.

When I arrived here, my conversations with Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens were about winning trophies and getting Europe.

“To get there you have to be competitive. Even if we don’t have the budget, we have to be intelligent and clinical in our decisions. This is still my objective.

“We are in the Champions League and we want to keep it. It is our challenge.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.