Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Arsenal

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 0 - 1 A Villa

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Lambert: Villa are stronger

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is confident he has a better team than last season because of the increased competition for places.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 17:50 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Believes he has a much stronger squad than last season

Paul Lambert: Believes he has a much stronger squad than last season

The former Norwich City boss brought seven new faces to Villa Park over the summer as he looks to build on last season which saw his side narrowly avoid relegation, finishing 15th.

Lambert has watched his men suffer defeat twice in their opening three games of the campaign, but he thinks he now boasts a much-improved squad.

"Competition is something we didn't really have last year," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"You need the competition because it is important and healthy for everyone at the club. We have that across the board now.

"In defence, for example, there are plenty of options with the likes of Jores Okore and Antonio Luna coming in over the summer.

"There's no doubt that the team from about February onwards were starting to click, you could sense that.

"We started to get results and the only ones to beat us were the top four. We've started well this season, too."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

England move up FIFA world rankings after Switzerland victory

England, Northern Ireland and Wales move up the latest FIFA world rankings after recent wins in European qualifiers.

Transfer news: Nigel de Jong ready to sign new deal at AC Milan

Nigel de Jong was flattered by summer interest in his services, but is looking to pen a contract extension at AC Milan.

Premier League: Liverpool looking for Mario Balotelli to learn from past stars

Brendan Rodgers hopes Mario Balotelli will take inspiration from the likes of Luis Suarez as he settles at Liverpool.

Mail Box

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property