Sorensen eyes on Europe
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Thomas Sorensen is optimistic Aston Villa can qualify for Europe.
Thomas Sorensen is optimistic Aston Villa can cap their renaissance under Martin O'Neill by qualifying for Europe.
O'Neill has transformed Villa's fortunes since taking over as manager in the summer and his team have lost just once in 13 games.
A 0-0 draw at Wigan Athletic on Sunday kept Villa in fifth spot and Sorensen feels European football is within the club's reach.
"We're fifth and now we need to make the most of these two home games coming up against Middlesbrough and Manchester City," said Sorensen.
"If we get some points then obviously we're going to still be up there pushing.
"Although Europe's a long-term goal, and there's still a lot of games to be played, why not?
"Hopefully we'll sign a few more players in the transfer window, and if we can get to that point and we're still up there, then we will be in with a good chance."
With Villa having an almost identical squad to last season, Sorensen pinpointed the reason for the turnaround in results.
The Danish keeper added: "The gaffer's not changed that much other than he has instilled confidence in us.
"But in football confidence is more or less everything. He has given people the belief that we can do it, and since then we have stepped up and done a really good job, from staff to players.
"Last season the belief was lacking. We looked at the fixtures and we couldn't see any winnable games, but now we feel we can win all of them."