Sherwood explained what he’s trying to create everyday on the training pitch with his players, but admitted that the squad is suffering consequences as a result.
Sherwood is demanding the very best from his players in each session, which makes perfect sense but because of the intensity, problems are starting to appear in terms of slight injuries.
“They’re taking on board what we’re doing in training. I don’t believe you should train at a different pace to how you play so every day we train flat out and I want them to train with that intensity,” he said.
“We’ve lost a few along the way by doing that though – we are thin on the ground defensively and the boys who have come in have done a really good job.”
It’s a logical change Sherwood has made because it should ensure that Villa’s players start matches well and are sharper than opponents who might be trying to find their way into a game.
Gradually over time, the players should get used to the sessions, bodies should get stronger and the players picking up slight niggles as a result of the intense periods of training should decrease.
The side certainly hasn’t shown any effects of the intense sessions in recent games, with Villa going for a fourth win on the bounce this weekend in the match against Swansea.
Swansea have just suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Liverpool and Villa will need that intensity to get the better of Garry Monk’s team and to pull further clear of the bottom three.