Dean Smith ’s men have had a positive first half of the campaign, despite it being interrupted by a Covid-19 outbreak throughout the first-team squad.
The team currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League table, four points adrift of Chelsea, who are currently occupying sixth spot, although Villa have two games in hand over Thomas Tuchel’s men.
And speaking ahead of the game against Arsenal, one of Villa’s opponents for European football, Grealish has outlined Villa’s ambitions in the second half of the campaign.
“Europe, I’d say,” he told Football Focus .
“You don’t really know what Europe is until the end of the season because sometimes it can be just the top five, sometimes it can be the top seven.”
“I think the way we’ve been performing this season, the squad that we have, I think that’s where we should be looking.”
Villa fought off relegation back to the Championship at the end of last season, but the first half of the current campaign has got the club looking higher than it was at the beginning of 2020/21, while Grealish has some extra motivation in achieving it for the fans.
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“At the start of the season, I probably wouldn’t have said Europe, I probably would have said top 12, top ten, seeing as last season we finished 17th,” he added.
“But, like I said, the squad that we have here and the way we’ve been performing and the way we’ve been getting results, I’ll definitely say we’ve got to be looking at the top eight, top seven.
“And fingers crossed, we can get fans back as soon as possible. What a present that would be for the fans, having 18 months off and then next season they get to follow us around Europe, it would be perfect.”