Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg may be off to pastures new and a future with Juventus in Serie A but he insists he still cares about what happens to his current side - and he does not want to see them miss out on Europe.
The Swedish International remembers well the end of the 2005 season when Villa finished a respectable sixth in the Premier League but failed to qualify for European competition on goal difference.
Villa's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on Wednesday night saw a below-par performance from Martin O'Neill's men, who really need to secure maximum points over the next few weeks if they are to stay on the heels of Liverpool and Everton and keep their Uefa Cup dreams alive.
Mellberg, who has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Italian outfit, said: "Can we still qualify for Europe? We can but it looks tough.
"With the sort of form that Liverpool and Everton are in, it is difficult. We were in the same position three years ago, when we came sixth and missed out on goal difference when only the first five qualified for Europe, so we need to give it a go.
"That's all we can do and we must put in better performances than on Wednesday and be a bit lucky with other results as well; maybe, then we will have a chance."
Mellberg admitted the match against Boro had been a dismal one with the visitors leading until the 72nd minute through Stewart Downing before a controversially-awarded Gareth Barry penalty gave Villa a share of the spoils.
He watched the first half from the sidelines, having fought back to fitness from an ankle injury - only the second time in his career that he has started a game on the bench.
"It was a very disappointing performance overall," he said. "I am not used to watching it from the bench but it didn't look good in the first half and there was a bit of improvement in the second half but we didn't really create enough chances to score more goals.
"I think overall, from the first minute, everything was not good enough and there have been a few games now where we have had pressure to win and maybe sat back a bit and struggled.
"We seem to play fairly well away from home of late and the Fulham game was the last one where we didn't and that was a similar situation to this. That was a game where we were under pressure and favourites to win and we needed to go at them. When it doesn't work out, that's frustrating."
Mellberg admitted Villa boss O'Neill had not been impressed by the performance and let his side know as such. "The manager said everything and it would take me all night to tell you everything he said!
"It was obvious for everyone to see that this was not a good performance. I am not sure if the fact we had not played for two weeks hindered us. I personally like to play a lot of games and play regularly all the time.
"Middlesbrough played at the weekend and came out stronger. Maybe they looked a bit tired at the end of the game when we put them under pressure but they came out strong in the first half and we didn't."
Mellberg said despite the loss of two points to former Villa defender Gareth Southgate's side, the team would rally again for the trip to take on high-flying Portsmouth at the weekend.
He said: "That's a tough game but we have put in performances when we haven't been expected to in quite a few away games. It might be a good game to bounce back in. We need to look and see how we can improve."