Stiliyan Petrov says Aston Villa's sights this season are set on a top four finish.
He said: "We're not in the title race because other teams have been there for a long time and know what it takes to be champions.
"We're just trying to break between them and show that in years to come we can challenge."
Petrov added: "Chelsea will want to come here and still be in the fight for the title.
"Finishing third would be great but if we need to play a qualifying game, we'll take that."