Inside Aston Villa Champions League celebrations as Unai Emery makes amazing impromptu speech

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Unai Emery delivered an impassioned speech to Aston Villa fans after the club's qualification for the Champions League was confirmed following Tottenham's defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Emery and his staff, players and a group of fans celebrated the club's 2023/24 campaign in the Lower Grounds at Villa Park. While awards were being handed out, Spurs' clash with City was also being screened on a big screen.

Villa's top four rivals lost on the night, ending their chances of catching Emery' side on the final day of the season. After full-time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emery took the mic at Villa's awards ceremony and said a few words to the supporters in attendance.

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“It’s a very special day today,” said boss Emery.“It’s our dream, it was our dream when we started the season to be here.”

"To play Champions League is, after the Premier League, the best. You can play in the Premier League against the best teams in the world, it’s very difficult. When you are playing in the Champions League you are playing against the best teams, at the same time, from other countries. And it’s amazing.

“And we are always responsible about the history here, we know the history of Aston Villa is so long and so successful. Even in the Champions League, before it was the European Cup, we knew the responsibility was to try to increase our level, try to be demanding and to dream.

“And now to win the Champions League like Aston Villa did in 1982, if we are there and we are in, then it’s more easy than if we are not. It’s another dream and the most important is to have dreams and try to work hard for it.

“Of course, I’m very, very, very happy and very proud of you (the supporters), the players and everybody. I want to enjoy more and, next year, now the new challenge starts for us. To build again a team, being strong and being strong to go and always increase our level.

“This is our objective and always it’s trying to enjoy with you, the supporters; you are the heart of the club. Up the Villa!”

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