Brad Guzan and Aston Villa got bounced from the UEFA Cup after losing to CSKA Moscow today 2-0. While it is a tough break for the Villans on the European front, it could turn out to the way Aston Villa end up in the Champions League next year.
Aston Villa have been bounced from all their cup competitions. They lost a couple of weeks ago to Everton in the FA Cup and now are out of the UEFA Cup. That means that Villa, in 4th place in the Premier League, have a Premier League only schedule for the remainder of the season. Their small squad won't be hampered by fixture congestion, tired players or lengthy travel for UEFA Cup games (flying to Moscow from England is a long plane ride).
So, while it sucks for Aston Villa, it may not suck for Aston Villa.