Guzan: Time for Aston Villa to kick on
Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan focused on Premier League survival battle
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is more than happy to remain in the UK, rather than fly out for a warm-weather training camp.
A number of Villa's relegation rivals have taken full advantage of the free weekend, with the FA Cup set to take centre stage.
But whilst Guzan admitted to being slightly envious of his fellow professionals, he insists he's more than happy to stay in the Midlands and prepare fully ahead of their game with Arsenal next time out.
"I remember a few years back we went to Dubai and I don't think our results were great after that, if I'm being honest," Guzan told the Daily Star.
"I know it helps you get a bit of a suntan, but other than that we know there will be plenty of time in the summer to relax.
"In this league you very seldom get a week off, with the amount of games.
"So for us it's a chance to get back on the training pitch, continue to improve and make sure we're ready to face Arsenal."
Guzan, 28, insists Paul Lambert's side are working hard together to improve in all departments, and are looking to build some momentum after recording a 2-1 home win over West Ham United in their last outing.
"There's nothing specific but we need to continue to get better in all areas on the pitch, whether it's finishing or defending.
"We want to be helping each other push on because the last few months have been tough times - but we can all come out from it a lot stronger."
As well as earning a vital three points against the Hammers, Villa also moved out of the bottom three. And Guzan admits that climbing out of the relegation zone has given everyone at the club a lift.
"It was a massive result for us to get three points on Sunday, and now there's a bit of an extra skip in the step around the training ground with the lads," added Guzan.
"We know the hard work is not finished, there is still a lot of football to be played and we have to continue to progress, but with the players that we have I don't see why we can't do that.
"Any time you get a result, whether it's Sunday or the beginning of the season, it makes for an easier Monday morning.
"You can't get ahead of yourselves, it's one result and a good performance, but it's something that we have to build on.
"We can't be happy to settle for that. Now it's time to climb the ladder again."
Aston Villa are currently in 17th place with 24 points from 26 games, one point ahead of Reading in 18th.
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