Paul Mortimer: What I see in Aston Villa which didn't exist under Paul Lambert

Former Aston Villa player Paul Mortimer has suggested there is a real belief running through the team at the moment.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Paul Mortimer explained on talkSPORT what he’s noticed about the club, which simply didn’t exist under former manager Paul Lambert.

Mortimer has explained that he sees a belief and desire running through the team under Tim Sherwood, as Villa focus on securing their Premier League safety and attempting to get the better of Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

“There is a belief running through the club now, which just wasn’t there previously and the only thing that’s changed is the change in manager so you have to put it all down to Tim Sherwood – He’s given them a second wind and the shackles seem to be off,” said Mortimer.

Sherwood has done well to create a culture of optimism and positive belief in a very short space of time at Villa Park, which bodes well for the summer and the 2015/2016 campaign if the side can avoid the drop down into the Championship.

He’s worked with the same group of players that Lambert had available, with the only change the style and confidence that he’s instilled into his players.

He’s focused on Villa’s big strengths and utilised the natural assets they have, getting the most out of the high profile players who have the potential to terrorise the very best in the league in their position.

There is work to be done because this weekend represents a significant challenge against Manchester City, who are scrapping for their lives in the top four as they look to protect their Champions League status.

The real test for Sherwood is going to be whether he can invest well and improve in the transfer market and whether he can push on and consolidate Villa back in the top half of the Premier League where they belong.

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