Aston Villa last reached the Wembley stage under the management of Martin O’Neill, but they have the opportunity to do the same ones again under the current manager Paul Lambert. The former Norwich city man has said that it would be extremely delightful if Villa managed to reach the final of the Capital One Cup. The club are currently in the semi-final stage of the competition and will be playing against lower league opposition in the form of Bradford city. Hence, Villa are the firm favourites to the final of the competitions where they will face either Chelsea or Swansea.
Lambert has the experience of any major trophies including the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund during his playing days, but he is yet to replicate this achievement with a major trophy like the FA Cup or the League cup as a manager. Even though Villa have been struggling for form and consistency in the league, Lambert has said that reaching the final of the competition will be a major achievement for the club. Even though Bradford managed to knockout Arsenal in the previous stage, they are unlikely to give a lot of trouble to Aston Villa. Villa recently progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Ipswich.
“I never look at it like that on my own behalf. It’s for the players and fans. I never look at myself and think: ‘I’m going to do that,’ because it’s irrelevant. The most important thing is the club and the players and for us to get to Wembley again would be extraordinary. In a one-off game there you never know what might happen. I think every player would tell you that to get there would be phenomenal,” said Lambert. This club will be playing against Bradford on Wednesday night.