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Unai Emery: Aston Villa manager wants club to be Premier League challengers

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Aston Villa manager Unai Emery wants to turn the club into title contenders after reaching the Champions League.

Villa wrapped up fourth spot, qualifying for the Champions League, after Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.

They go to Crystal Palace for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season 20 points behind leaders Manchester City.

But Emery wants to bridge that gap and take Villa to the next level, as they hunt a first title since 1981.

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.

Emery said his Villa team celebrated their achievement on Tuesday night after Spurs’ defeat.

“The party on Tuesday was fantastic. I was really happy with the players and coaches. I know how important it is to be there [in the Champions League] and compete in it,” he said.

“Through the Premier League, to get it is very difficult. To get it is fantastic. Now, after the next challenge, it is about preparing for the new season.”

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