Latest Aston Villa news from BirminghamLive ahead of the Villans Group F opener against Legia Warsaw in the Europa Conference League.
Joe Cole believes Aston Villa will have been inspired by West Ham United’s Europa Conference League success last season.
The Hammers beat Florentina 2-1 in last season’s final to seal a first major trophy for the club in 43 years. David Moyes’ side also qualified for the Europa League automatically in 2023/24 by winning the Conference League.
And former Villa and West Ham midfielder Cole sees several similarities between the two clubs who have been starved of silverware for decades. The Villans have not won a trophy since lifting the 1996 League Cup.
“I liken West Ham and Aston Villa,” he told TNT Sports. “Very, very similar in two clubs who have got a massive history, huge fan base, you know.