By Paul Brown
Brad Guzan is convinced Paul Lambert is building "something special" at Villa.
Guzan says the "pieces are in place" for Villa to cope short-term but thinks real progress will be made in the mid-long term.
Villa's USA stopping ace is adamant things won't change overnight but believes Lambert's plans will "pay off" given time.
He admits this vision was one of the major reasons for his decision to rejoin the club.
He said: " I was excited about the changes at the club and what was going to happen with the players and where the manager wanted to take the club and the direction he wanted to take it.
"It's been good so far. We are definitely a club that have no longer just got an aim for the short-term, but also the long-term as well. That's a good sign for everyone.
"There's a changing of the guard, if you will - in terms of bringing in younger players. We want to win games and move our way up the table and have a good year this year obviously.
"Ultimately it's going to pay off in a few years down the road. It's not a one-year plan and let's go off, we want to build something special.
"Like anything you have to start from the ground up. The manager has put the pieces together to do that.
"He's brought in a lot of young players here, all of them are confident on the ball, going forward, attacking wise, defending wise and their commitment is fantastic.
"When you have players that are willing to do the dirty work, and can go forward and get back and defend, the team is going to be successful.
"This is something special that we're building here. Nothing will happen overnight. But at the same time the pieces are in place to get things going."
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