Olof Mellberg doesn't possess the green-eyed monster where Chelsea are concerned but admits that Aston Villa are in a totally different world to the Premiership champions, writes Ian Clarkson.
Chelsea come marching into Villa Park tonight with the Premiership virtually in the bag once again and FA Cup and Champions' League campaigns well under way.
They might have racked up an annual loss of £140 million last year, but Roman Abram-ovich's spending power shows no sign of slowing down and Stamford Bridge regulars can expect more signings in the summer.
Villa's recently-recorded losses of £9.4 m seem chickenfeed by way of comparison but David O'Leary, the Villa manager, has had his hands tied during the January transfer window.
Eirik Bakke has returned to Leeds, much to the surprise of Mellberg as well as his manager, while there is likely to be a spendthrift policy adopted for the foreseeable future until the ownership of the club is resolved.
Nevertheless, Mellberg says: "I'm not jealous of Chelsea and I don't really think about them, as they are in a completely different world.
"I would like to think that Villa can still be a top club and I think we have good possibilities.
"It is difficult to compare us with Chelsea as they are totally different but we should aspire to be as good as we possibly can.
"We aren't going to be in the top four or five, but I think we are still good enough to finish just behind them in the Uefa Cup places.
"I don't know if there is more pressure on us in this game than any other fixture; it is probably the reverse, if anything.
"If we can get a good result, then it will give everyone a lift and help us, like it did two season ago.
"On that occasion, we beat Chelsea and went on to finish sixth in the Premiership."
Mellberg, while surprised to see Bakke leave, says it is time to concentrate on the positives within the current crop of players.
He says the squad was well aware that there wouldn't be many additions, if any, made in the transfer window and that has proven correct.
Yet, he says that people should not presume that will leave the incumbents of the Villa squad feeling as flat as a pancake.
He said: "When we started this campaign, we were focused on the squad we had for the rest of the season.
"With the exception of Eirik, it is exactly the same squad and we are still as focused as we ever were.
"There have been a few players leave during the last 12 months but, Eirik apart, I don't think they were players the manager wanted to keep.
"This is the third manager I have had since I have been at Villa Park and they obviously all want different players.
"That often means a lot of players will move on but that wasn't the case with Eirik. I can't see any players leaving that the manager wants to keep."