Hitzlsperger 'delighted' by Aston Villa's progress under Tim Sherwood

Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger says he's really looking forward to the FA Cup final.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger told talkSPORT that he’s delighted with the situation Tim Sherwood has created at his old club.

Things are looking good for Aston Villa ahead of an important game against Southampton this weekend, which could secure the club’s official safety in the Premier League.

That was the main thing Sherwood was brought in to achieve, but Hitzlsperger is also excited by the FA Cup final against Arsenal at the end of this month.

“I’m absolutely delighted. Tim Sherwood has come in, he’s changed the club around, they’re almost safe in the Premier League and having that cup final at the end of the season is going to be massive,” said the German.

“I have to tell you, I’m really looking forward to going to Wembley – I’m quite optimistic that they have a good chance.”

It would have been a constant battle for Sherwood this week to stop his mentality from drifting to the cup final, but he’s a professional and has always been very realistic and sensible over the immediate priorities of the club.

Winning the FA Cup would be massive for Aston Villa, but the future of the club is more important and that ultimately rests on whether the club remains in the Premier League.

The new TV deal and the general overall quality of the play in the Premier League are just two of the important reasons the club needs to avoid the drop down into English football’s second flight.

A win this weekend allows Sherwood to make some changes ahead of the final league game of the season, with key players resting before they’re unleashed to embarrass the Gunners.

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