Aston Villa striker Andi Weimann believes they're tougher to break down this season.

Weimann has hailed captain Ron Vlaar's role in Villa's defensive improvement.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "Ron looks so strong and assured. He epitomises the solidity in the team.

"He's our captain and the guy everyone looks up to. He's very inspirational. He has everything you want in a defender. He's huge, he's a good header, he tackles strongly, he's quick in a one-on-one, he's got good distribution and he is comfortable on the ball in possession."

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