Lambert has created excitement at Aston Villa, says Guzan

The 28-year-old is enjoying a spell as first-choice goalkeeper under the Scot and insists he is unconcerned by his side's poor start to the new Premier League season
By Alex Labidou

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has praised manager Paul Lambert for creating an "excitement and buzz" at the club.

The American, who has played second fiddle to Brad Friedel and Shay Given for most of his Premier League career, is enjoying his new lease of life as first-choice goalkeeper under the Scot.

He told "When he came, he created an excitement and buzz about Aston Villa football club that wasn't there last year.

"Anytime where a new manager comes in, you get a vibe.

"I definitely liked what I was hearing about where the manager wanted to take the club and for me, it was something that I wanted to be a part of."

Villa have endured a patchy start to the season and sit one place above the relegation zone, but Guzan is not worried yet as he insists Lambert will guide his side to safety.

He continued: "I think he is fully committed to getting the best of everyone. Being able to talk to players and explain what he wants as a manager. Things like that make a big difference.

"I've had managers in the past who would just throw names up on the board and be like alright go out there and have at it.

"There's an excitement about coming and going to train every day. It's a place where you want to be around as opposed to just showing up a minute before you have to and being the first one out of the door."

Guzan also praised the younger players in the squad for their efforts so far and is enjoying watching them develop into Premier League stars.

He said: "Obviously, we do have some younger players on the team but as it progresses, their quality is showing. They are definitely big-time players and that's what you need from a Premier League team. You need guys to step up and do a job. That also goes for the players that he's brought in.

"I wouldn't put a time frame on it but hopefully if we can start picking up results here and there, I don't see why we can't start now."
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"We know it's going to be a difficult task but when you put the pieces in place, you give yourself half a chance to get results.

"For us, it's a matter of taking each game as it comes. If we start putting results together, you can make a run up the table. There's a lot of football to be played."

Guzan was released by Villa in the summer due to Shay Given's presumed No.1 status but re-signed for the club following Lambert's appointment as Alex McLeish's successor.

He explained: "I'm not sure how much they paid for Shay, but when you bring in someone like him with his calibre and his experience, everything that he brings to the table, he was obviously Alex McLeish's guy. He was his goalkeeper.

"It was definitely frustrating when I wasn't playing in league games. I was thinking that maybe this wasn't going to be the right fit. Maybe it was time to move on.

"But at the same time I was happy to come back to Aston Villa and still be in Europe. Nothing against MLS but I still wanted to test myself out in Europe.

"Going against Brad Friedel and then Shay Given day in and day out made me a better goalkeeper. Yeah, I've been through some tough times but I think I've come out on the better end for it."