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Carew: Villa must get past Rapid Vienna

Aston Villa striker John Carew says defeating Europa League opponents Rapid Vienna is crucial.

Despite Martin O'Neill's shock resignation six days ago, Carew is convinced that Villa can get their own back on their rivals this season.

"It's very important for us to do well in Europe," Carew told the Sunday Mercury. "We didn't make it last year and we definitely should make it this year.

"It's a beautiful competition for us to be in and we can play European football and get good experience as a team.

"As I know from Valencia, playing in Europe is important for the future.

"I'm confident we'll make it, the kids had a great pre-season and are showing good form so I think we can do it."

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