If Aston Villa fans were under the illusion their heroes are busy sunning themselves this week during the club's break in Spain, they have been assured that the trip is no "jolly."
Defender Curtis Davies claims the players are working as hard, if not harder, during their five-day stint in the sun than they would if they had stayed at the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Davies, who will be 23 next month, flew out with his team-mates on Monday to Marbella and said the trip was aimed at boosting the team's fitness levels and their team spirit as they press ahead with their charge for Europe.
And while Villa's recent blip and their 2-1 defeat at Fulham a fortnight ago had supporters questioning whether Champions League foot-ball was still on the radar, Davies believes the 4-1 victory over Newcastle at Villa Park on Saturday has given the team another shot in the arm in terms of morale.
Davies said: "The trip is certainly no holiday. We have done a bit more probably than we do back home. We are taking this European push very seriously and it is not a jolly - we are working hard."
Davies said any ambitions the players had of catching a few rays and chilling by the pool had been swiftly kicked into touch by the fact the club's coaches and physios are putting them through their paces.
He said: "We were hoping for a bit of sun but there hasn't been any of that. We will have to settle for the bonding session. It will obviously bring the lads a lot closer together and hopefully it will give us a little push as we approach the run-in.
"We all get on really well as a group and it has an impact on performances because if you have have players you get on with, you will want to do well for them. It has been a good trip."
Davies, who joined Villa in the summer on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion with the view to a permanent deal at the end of this campaign, continued: "When we train at Bodymoor Heath, we go home to our respective families but here we are together 24-7.
"We are getting to know each other even better and I am getting to know the other players' bad habits too!"
Villa travelled to Spain 24 hours after their convincing second-half victory over Kevin Keegan's Magpies and Davies added: "The Newcastle result made the trip for us. If we had lost every one would have been really down.
"We are looking at the table now and looking to Europe. If we didn't do that, we would have no ambition. Our main aim this season is a Uefa Cup place but as long as we are in with a chance of fourth place we will keep pushing for that.
"It would be a massive boost for the club if we could get Champions League football but that is a massive ask.
"We have got some difficult fixtures ahead but if we can win our home games and pick up a few points on the road too, we should be in amongst it at the end of the season." n Villa's youth team moved into the last eight of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-0 victory away to Carlisle United.
Manager Martin O'Neill was planning to cut short his stay in Spain so he could fly back to England to watch the youngsters.