Stiliyan Petrov stresses he’s proud to have played in a team that achieved top six in the Premier League three years in succession – but admits he’s gutted they didn’t win anything.
Martin O’Neill’s men were tantalisingly close to getting into the Champions League – and also reached the League Cup final and FA Cup semis.
But they couldn’t quite do it and that’s something that frustrates Petrov.
He told Club TV: “We were so close and that is what it’s all about – the competition to win trophies and medals. That’s what football means.
“As a player you want to achieve that but, also, fans are proud of it. We couldn’t do it and that’s the disappointing thing from my time at Aston Villa.
“I believe we had a great team – packed full of talent. We knew how to win games but we couldn’t quite get over the line.
“We had incredible team spirit. We fought for each other. We knew each other inside out.
“We knew how important the team was. Nobody moaned if they weren’t played. Everyone who was out of the team had a great input during the season.
“We missed out in the end. We were so close. The season I remember the most is the one where we were well ahead of Arsenal in the table. We thought we’d done it.
“We had a great atmosphere in the dressing room. We were unstoppable. We were playing well. Teams had a fear against us. But then we couldn’t win for two months. That’s one of those things in football.
“Overall, it did hurt us all that we couldn’t win anything.”