O'Neill eyeing Chelsea treble
Villa have already beaten Chelsea once this season - winning 2-1 at Villa Park in October. O'Neill is aiming to clinch a League double to revive his side's bid to qualify for the Champions League and then follow it up by also beating Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. Having drawn seven of their last 10 league games, Villa badly need three points against Chelsea to stay in the race for a fourth-place finish. O'Neill said: "They are two big games against Chelsea - no doubt about that. We have our own incentives and are still in there fighting despite the last two results being draws. "Up and down results at this stage of the season are inevitable. "It is a case of hanging in there and getting a couple of results - a couple of wins rather than a couple of draws - and to keep that gap there so when it gets really tight for the last four or five games we are still in there with a shout. "Our recent record doesn't bother me. I am not perturbed. Had it occurred in my days at Leicester I would probably have been perturbed but I was younger then. "We are in there fighting and I am absolutely fine. It is where we finish at the end of the season that matters and the one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that my players do not give up." O'Neill feels the improvements shown by his squad has enabled them to compete with the likes of Chelsea. He added: "Occasionally we are misguided but the young players are getting better and are able to compete against the top-quality sides. "We are going to Chelsea thinking we can win the game. A couple of years ago if Aston Villa were going to Stamford Bridge it was a case of trying to keep the score down. "But Chelsea's record at Stamford Bridge belies belief and they have done it for a considerable period of time. They are a very fine side and will be hard to beat." O'Neill also believes Carlo Ancelotti has shaped the Chelsea team in the way he wants. "Carlo Ancelotti has stepped in there and inherited some really fine players," admitted O'Neill. "He has had to put his stamp on the proceedings and last week was the first time they had been out of the top two." O'Neill also believes Chelsea are strong enough to take the blow of exiting the Champions League in their stride. "Less than 10 days ago they were competing on three fronts and suddenly disaster falls," he said. "This is today's story but Ancelotti has proved himself to be a fantastic manager and I think he has been great for the game." O'Neill has major selection problems for the game as Richard Dunne, James Milner and Emile Heskey have Achilles problems with Gabriel Agbonlahor battling to recover from a foot injury. The injury problems could not have come at a worse time for O'Neill and he added: "We are now coming into the really difficult stage of the season with games coming thick and fast. This is when you hope the squad system will come into play. "We do have a group of players here who could do with a week or two rest but we also have some excellent players waiting to play and I am sure they are chomping at the bit. "If this is an opportunity against Chelsea for some of these players to play then it is fine by me. "One or two may consider themselves hard done by being squad players. We haven't changed many things over the last couple of months and everyone has wanted to play. "The end of the season is in sight but there is still a great deal of determination and a focus for the players. "The top teams have not only numerical strength in depth but have real strength of ability. This is what we are striving for. "Those clubs have earned the right to have quality players and at the end of the season they have a fair chance of being involved in big competitions."