Former West Ham United and Chelsea star Joe Cole said on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning that he hopes to play in the Champions League with Aston Villa.
In fact, Cole, who started his career at West Ham before moving to Chelsea, wants to win the prestigious European club competition with the Villans.
When asked about his former club Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012 on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning, Cole said: “A lot of my friends won it, so it was a little bit of like ‘wish I was there’. But I am pleased for them. There is still time. Villa, we, might get there.”
Cole seems to have lofty ambitions with Villa, but one can safely say that the Villans will not reach the Champions League or win it any time soon - not via the Premier League anyway.
There is no chance whatsoever that Tim Sherwood’s side will finish in the top four of the Premier League and stand a chance of playing in the Champions League in the coming years.
However, there is one alternative route available to Villa: the Europa League.
If the Villans finish in a Europa League position in the Premier League this season and win the competition in 2016-17, then they will find themselves playing Champions League football in 2017-18.
It’s a long shot…