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Despite enduring three "tough games", the 43-year-old believes his side's tour of Germany went according to plan in terms of fitness and instilling a winning mentality

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes his side are well prepared for a gruelling Premier League campaign after a healthy pre-season training camp in Germany.

Villa drew all three of their matches during their week-long trip but the 43-year-old insists they will see the benefits when the Premier League season kicks off in August.

After a tough start to his reign at Villa Park, Lambert will be looking to build on a strong finish to last season, as Villa took 17 points out of a possible 30 to ensure their place in the top flight. 

The Scot knows a settled pre-season is vital to any hopes of long-term success and believes their opening encounters have given them the perfect start.

"It's gone according to plan in terms of work ethic and trying to instill that mentality," he told the club's official website. "It's gone good from that point of view.

"It's been a really tough week, when you look at the training and the matches. We have come away undefeated from three hard fixtures."

After 1-1 draws against Rodinghausen and Paderborn, the club's final match of the tour saw another 1-1 draw, this time against Bochum.

"It's tough here, really tough," he added. "They are tough games here. It's a different type of football. But some of the stuff was very good.

"There were a lot of good things to take out of the trip but we know we have a lot of hard work before we play that first game [in the Premier League].

"We have had a really tough eight days or so, with three games in six days. It's really tough because it is not normal. The main thing is the fitness so you get to the point where things are natural."

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