Richards, a summer signing himself, has commented in the mood in the dressing room, which he feels has been developed because of the new players manager Tim Sherwood has brought to the football club.
He’s also stressed the importance for the club to make the most of games where they have the home advantage, as is the case for tomorrow’s game against Manchester United.
“We've recruited well. We have hungry and talented players in our dressing room and we'll be giving it everything to get the right result,” he told avfc.co.uk.
“We want to make Villa Park a fortress this season - somewhere teams hate coming to - and there's no better way of putting down a marker than beating United on Friday.”
Athleticism, versatility and speed
As well as the hunger and talent in the squad improving, it’s also important to note the athleticism, the versatility and the speed of the players the club have signed.
Sherwood deserves credit because he’s not tried overly hard to buy direct replacements for former players Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, but focused more on protecting the main way he wants the side to play football.
It’s based around the team having plenty of legs and energy, which allows key players to be effective all over the pitch.
He’s also injected some experience into the back four in the form of Richards, which makes the team a little more difficult to break through.
Manchester United scraped their way to a win against Tottenham in their opening game and Villa have a great chance to make it two wins from two tomorrow.