Are ‘The Claret and Blue’ in good contention for Europe this season?

Aston Villa (The Claret and Blue) are in good contention for Europe since they have been doing well in the transfer market and have done some good signings this season. They are serious and have a chance to qualify for the Europa League next season. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp announced this last season in a press conference. 

Aston Villa finished 11th in their last season, which means they failed to qualify for UEFA Europa League and Conference League. This season, with Jack Grealish, not in their squad and being transferred to Manchester City for 100 Million Euros, the Villa side is facing problems with signings. 

The Dean Smith led side has shown some tremendous results against some top-flight clubs of the Premier League. In a span of one month, the army led by Smith has defeated Leicester and Arsenal. Along with, hammering Liverpool at their reverse game at Villa Park where Watkins grabbed a hattrick in a 7-2 result. 

Usually, the top four from the Premier League qualify for the UEFA Champions League. As it was seen, Manchester City and United, Liverpool and the defending Champions Chelsea from England will be playing the UEFA Champions League this season. 

The next four positions usually qualify for UEFA Europa League and the spots have been fixed by Leicester City; the defending champions of the FA Cup, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, and lastly Arsenal. 

The team which finished ninth in the Premier League is given a spot in the group stages of the new UEFA Conference League and that has been grabbed by Leeds United. 

Talking about Aston Villa, they failed to secure a spot in either UEFA Europa League and the new UEFA Conference League. 

Transfers set the Club’s new Foundation

The new arrivals of last summer at Aston Villa have improved the side a lot. Villa is now having quality options for their starting 11, though Grealish has made his move to Manchester City. 

Owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens- who took the majority of the stake in 2018 of Aston Villa Football Club, are now focusing on some quality players like- Ollie Watkins, Martinez, and Bertrand Traore. 

The sporting director of the club, John Lange hired from Copenhagen in July 2020, has invested his time to help manager Smith in making a competitive side to qualify for Europa League. 

A succession of correct hirings, both on and off the pitch might take Villa back to the heights that they enjoyed a decade ago. 

Villa is trying to make some possible moves of promise as they build a lineup capable of competing in Europe. A European comeback for this side looks more challenging this season, as they finished 11th in their league table. They failed to qualify for both Europa League and the new Conference League. The side led by Dean Smith is targeting their Europe campaign, the next season. Villa’s off-field improvements seem only a matter of time before the continental quest is back on the clubs’ bucket list priorities. 

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