Brad Guzan insists the players will all "fight for the shirt" as they get set for the huge clash with Stoke on Saturday.
Guzan says the "competitive spirit" in the side will stand them in good stead for the Potteries encounter at the Britannia Stadium.
He's backed Villa's brave lions to stand up to the physical threat posed by Tony Pulis's men - and cause their own problems.
Villa are looking to bounce back from the defeat to Liverpool and begin a positive set of results in the final seven games of the campaign.
He said: "Every game is physical. The more that we can get into team's faces and make it difficult for them to play, the better it is for us.
"It's high tempo. It's high energy. We want to make it difficult for them.
"Stoke are a big team. We'll have to go there, be confident and make sure we win those battles.
"It won't be easy but we'll definitely be ready for it.
"It's a man's game and you have to be a man about it, win balls in the air, whatever it may be.
"We have to be ready to compete, that's what the Premier League is all about.
"It's about fighting and showing that competitive spirit.
"There's a competitive spirit we have in the dressing room where we fight for each other. And fight for the shirt."
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