Solano's eyes on top four - 09/12/2004
Nolberto Solano has told his team-mates that three points against Blues on Sunday will help bring their European dreams a small step closer to reality.
The on-fire Peruvian, with four goals in successive home games, believes Villa can gatecrash the top four if they continue to try to prove the doubters wrong.
And he uses
He said: "We can't afford to let our standards slip. That's why we've got ambitions this season to qualify for
"But you have to go for it, and the manager has told us not to talk too much about it but to go out every week and prove people wrong. "It's like in
Solano warns that Blues will be fired up to remain unbeaten against Villa in the Premiership because of their lowly league position and mounting pressure.
And he has warned the purists that it won't be pretty.
He said: "There are going to be battles all over the pitch because that's the way fans like it. I've played in many derbies for
"Our style is to play our football to win the game, but we know that sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up." He warns against Villa being a 60 minute team like in February when the teams drew 2-2.
"The last time we played Blues we played very well in the first-half, went 2-0 up just after half-time and we should've killed the game off and won 3-0.
"But you can never rest on your laurels in this league.
"This time they need points - they've spent a lot of money and everyone is under pressure to get results."
Solano adds that fans must not lose sight of the bigger picture.
"I know how special this game is for the fans - everyone loves derbies. If we win, we know the fans will really enjoy themselves - and so will we after the game."But then it's over and we have to prepare for the next game."
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