By Paul Brown
Brad Guzan insists coming into training every morning is a joy, thanks to the environment created by Paul Lambert.
Guzan says the manager respects his squad and the feeling is mutual.
Villa's USA goalkeeper says the dialogue between boss and players is brilliant and has created an amazing working relationship.
Guzan says there's been real clarity from Lambert in that dialogue in terms of what he wants and expects from everyone each day.
He said: "The gaffer has been brilliant. He's been very clear in terms of our identity and how he wants us to play and how we want to go forward as a club.
"He has been really supportive of his players in terms of getting behind us. When you have that, it creates excitement and we are in for exciting times, I believe.
"I think that's starting to show. Yes there will be high times. Yes there will be low times. But the way we are going and with the support - the direction we are being pushed in - there are so many positives.
"He treats us as men. It's all about respect.The manager respects his players and we have the utmost respect for the manager.
"It's a good relationship both ways and there's always good dialogue. That creates a good working atmosphere where you are able to talk about things.
"Everyone is pulling in the same direction and it will come off. The guys are so eager to come to training each morning.
"They want to improve and we have the environment to do that. We are very hungry. When you create that environment, good things will happen."
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