Date: 30th September 2008 at 3:45pm
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Stiliyan Petrov is adamant Villa’s team ethic is the reason for our UEFA progression and our league form, not just his individual improvement.

Petrov has been receiving rave reviews for his form so far this season, with Martin O’Neill recently commenting that we as fans are finally seeing the Petrov he knew at Celtic. But the player, whilst undoubtedly happy, has been quick to deflect the praise.

Speaking on the official site ahead of tomorrow’s Lovech match, Petrov said:

‘I enjoyed being back in my country for the first leg. We got a good result too and hopefully we will get what we need on Thursday to put us into the group stages.

‘I am loving my football at the moment. You always enjoy it when the team is doing well. We are all working so hard and training is very intense.

‘We all want to play as much as possible – we want to be in the team. If the fierce competition for places continues, it will be fantastic because good performances are essential.

‘A lot was made of my return to Bulgaria in the first leg but it is a team game.

‘Everyone in football knows the team is the most important thing. It’s a collective effort.

‘No individuals win you the game – it’s the team and the squad. It is Villa versus Litex not Stiliyan Petrov versus Litex.’

It may be a team game, but it’s moments of individual brilliance that wins you matches. Success comes when you can combine the two, and at the moment we are.


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