Petrov said: “It’s a big gap. It is a massive task, because if you are looking ahead, you need to win three or four games more than every other team you are fighting against. That is difficult in this league.”
Petrov has highlighted a key factor in Villa’s struggles, being that now they are so many points behind, they have to make them up whilst their rivals continue to lose.
Not only does it look like Remi Garde’s men are as out of form as anyone in the division, but the other teams at the bottom are starting to pick up results.
Sunderland, admittedly, are still struggling after an increase in form following Sam Allardyce’s appointment, but Swansea’s performances have improved since Garry Monk left the club.
Newcastle have seven points from the last nine available, and Norwich and Bournemouth are starting to establish themselves in the division.
For all of their relegation rivals, the performances are getting better, but Villa are still failing to win games, and are putting on displays which suggest that is unlikely to change.
The entire campaign has been a poor one for Villa, and it is hard to imagine them now getting out of the likely relegation they face.