The challenges facing Aston Villa after qualifying for the Champions League

Aston Villa qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history following Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Unai Emery’s side fell short of European success this season after a 6-2 aggregate defeat to Olympiakos in the Europa Conference League semi-final but will now rub shoulders with Europe’s elite for the first time in 41 years.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the challenges they may face next season.

Lengthy fixture list could cause issues

Aston Villa v Chelsea – Premier League – Villa Park
Aston Villa have had a number of injury problems to contend with (David Davies/PA)

Last time in European Cup

Soccer – European Cup – Final – Aston Villa v Bayern Munich – De Kuip
Aston Villa won the European Cup in 1982 (PA Archive/PA)

Key players behind success

Aston Villa v Ajax – UEFA Europa Conference League – Round of 16 – Second Leg – Villa Park
Ollie Watkins has been a stand-out performer for Villa (Martin Rickett/PA)

Emery’s Champions League record

Villarreal v Manchester United – UEFA Champions League – Group F – Estadio de la Ceramica
Unai Emery has reached a Champions League semi-final with Villarreal (Isabel Infantes/PA)

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