Villa star Christian Benteke highlights area Sherwood has already improved since taking over

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Aston Villa's Christian Benteke has spoken highly of Tim Sherwood's initial impact at the club.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has told the Birmingham Mail that the team's confidence has improved since Tim Sherwood took over.

Villa have won their last three matches on the bounce and Benteke believes that morale has been raised in camp, as a result. 

"It’s great the confidence is there now," he said. "It’s higher than before and we have to take it into the next game.

"The situation Tim Sherwood came into was hard and he needed time. But now we are doing his stuff and we have to keep it going.”

When Paul Lambert was in charge, Villa had appeared a team bereft of confidence and they seemed frightened to attack.

However, Sherwood has managed to already increase their threat going forward and their display against Sunderland last weekend was their finest of the season so far.

Villa won 4-0 at the Stadium of Light, with the quality that they have in their squad finally starting to show through.

The Claret and Blue have masses of pace to utilise, whilst they also have a lot of steel, and Sherwood is showing just how far they were off their optimum performance levels they were under Lambert.

Unfortunately for the side, they are still not entirely safe. Despite their mini-revival, Villa are still only three points above the drop-zone and they will need to ensure that they maintain their current standards if they are to retain their Premier League status. 

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