By Dan Harrison
John Carew insists Villa are embracing Gerard Houllier's methods - and has vowed to carry on putting in the hard work for his new boss.
Carew worked with Houllier at Lyon and has already been impressed with the ideas the Frenchman has implemented at Villa Park.
And the Norwegian, who returned to the starting line-up for Villa's goalless draw against Chelsea, believes hard work on the training pitch under the new regime is beginning to pay off.
"Always with a new manager you have some new ideas and I think we've done quite well since he's come," said Carew.
"The team is very strong. It's important to develop with the games coming up.
"We work hard on new things and that's what we're all interested in. That's what we're here for - to make this club better and make the results better, to achieve goals and improve each season.
"If that means more work and harder work, which it probably does, then that's good."
Carew took plenty of positives from the draw against the double winners - even though he was disappointed to be denied by goalkeeper Petr Cech early on.
"We showed that we're really fit and we managed to keep them away and played our football quite good, especially in first-half," added the forward.
"So we have to be satisfied with a point against the champions of last year, take lots of positive things from game and try to continue.
"We had chances but they had chances as well. In the first five minutes, I had a shot and as soon as I hit the ball I thought it was a goal but Cech managed to get his finger on it.
"They had a couple of chances too and they probably had the best one as well with Nicolas Anelka."