5 Things Aston Villa Must Do to Break Back into the European Picture

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5 Things Aston Villa Must Do to Break Back into the European Picture
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It’s easy to forget that just three years ago, at the dawn of the 2010-11 season, Aston Villa had finished sixth in the Premier League for three consecutive campaigns under manager Martin O’Neil, securing a third straight season playing in the Europa League.

After three managerial changes and the three tumultuous seasons that followed this period of success, Villa fans are finally smiling again at the prospect of the young and exciting team that manager Paul Lambert has constructed in his second season at Villa Park.

Lambert’s work is far from finished. Villa are one of the historically great clubs in England and a return to the top of the Premier League and into contention for continental football must remain the ultimate goal for the manager’s rebuilding project.

With a strong nucleus of talent and the fans behind the manager, Aston Villa must take the following five steps to return to the European picture.

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