Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies says the club's break in Spain is anything but a holiday camp.
Manager Martin O'Neill has whisked his team away as their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United means they have a two-week gap without a fixture.
While some may feel Villa are taking a hard-earned break from their impressive season to date, Davies says the squad are as determined as ever to win a place in Europe.
Villa are currently level on points with fifth-placed Liverpool, although Davies, who was included in Fabio Capello's first England squad, does not think a UEFA Champions League place is out of reach.
"This is no jolly-up. We have been working hard," stated Davies. "In fact, we have done a bit more than we do back home.
"It's certainly no holiday. We are taking this European push seriously.
"Our main aim is to secure a Uefa Cup place, but as long as we are in with a chance of fourth then we'll keep going for it."