Norwich City’s Carlos Cuellar on Stiliyan Petrov’s return to Aston Villa

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Norwich City defender Carlos Cuellar welcomes Stiliyan Petrov’s return to Aston Villa in a coaching capacity.

Norwich City defender Carlos Cuellar has explained in Marca.com how Stiliyan Petrov’s arrival will help Aston Villa.

Former Bulgaria international midfielder Petrov has been recently appointed as a first-team coach at Villa.

Petrov played for the Villans from 2006 to 2012, when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The 35-year-old was forced to retire from professional football in May 2013, and he has now been given the chance to work in the game again.

Cuellar, who played alongside Petrov at Villa, has welcomed the return of the former Celtic star to football and has underlined his importance to Tim Sherwood’s team.

“Very few people know the team as him,” the 33-year-old wrote in Marca.com. “Plenty of the players are ex-teammates of him and there is no doubt he has a winning mentality…

“Speaking of football, Petrov is an expert when it comes to reading matches and football in general. He was our captain and when he was a player he was like a coach for many of us.

"He was always there to help his teammates, he gave instructions to make the team better and he didn't hesitate when he had to get in charge of the team to lead any situation.

“Also, he can be of great help to the players as Petrov is one of those persons that you want to listen to. His message will always impact and I have no doubt he will be a successful coach.”

Villa are currently struggling for survival in the Premier League, and Sherwood needs all the help he can get in making sure that the Villans do not drop down to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Villans are 17th in the league table at the moment with 25 points from 28 matches, just three points above the relegation zone.

However, the Villa players are high on confidence at the moment, having won their last two competitive matches.

Villa will take on Sunderland away from home this afternoon. Although winning at the Stadium of Light will not be easy, Sherwood and his players will certainly be looking to pick up all three points.

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