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Skipper Stiliyan Petrov has confidence in Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill to bring in more signings before the transfer window closes and boost the club's chances of glory on domestic and European fronts.

Petrov is aware Villa will have more games to play in the restructured Europa League this season should they overcome Rapid Vienna in the qualifying play-offs, starting with Thursday's away leg.

He said: "Other teams in Europe have big squads and we must do that as well. I think before the window shuts we will have a few more signings. I hope so."

O'Neill upset a section of fans last season when he sent a shadow squad to the last 32 clash away to CSKA Moscow as a Champions League place beckoned via the Barclays Premier League.

But that move backfired, with Villa eventually finishing sixth, and Petrov knows they must have more strength in depth this season if they are to challenge in all competitions.

The Bulgaria international added: "This season you will be playing double headers. Every team you will play twice in the group stages, like in the Champions League, so it will be more games.

"That's why the manager is trying to make sure we have enough players to cope with this year in domestic cup games, Europe and the Premier League as well."

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