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Aston Villa defender Mings: Emery has brought a real high level of coaching

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings says he's enjoyed his first weeks under new manager Unai Emery

Villa today face Brighton in the first of two friendly matches in the Middle East.

Mings said: “I feel like I am learning every day. You really have to be switched on during training sessions because there is a lot of information to take in.

“There is a lot of information I have never been exposed to before as well, a real high level of coaching.

“My job is slightly different to the roles I've had under previous managers. I am really enjoying learning and this time will be crucial for myself and the team."

Villa are more than halfway through the Premier League's six-week World Cup hiatus. They will play Chelsea in Dubai on Sunday before hosting Emery's former club Villareal at Villa Park next Thursday. The domestic campaign resumes with a home fixture against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Mings continued: “For sure we haven't had this in the season before but we have certainly had breaks before.

“We've also been through plenty of pre-seasons in our career as well. It is kind of like merging the two together and not trying to do too much, too soon.

“We have some real good benchmarks in these games to find out where we are fitness-wise and performance-wise."

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