By Dave Smith
NEW Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has two key pieces of advice for the players he has just taken charge of…enjoy yourselves and create your own luck.
Not exactly rocket science and clearly plenty of work on the training ground is needed, but sometimes you just have to get back to basics.
Villa are still rock bottom of the Premier League but Garde believes the goalless draw against leaders Manchester City will relight the fire.
Confidence must have been shot to pieces but Garde’s Villa didn’t show any signs of that as they kept City at bay.
All that was missing was a cutting edge up front, but that is something Garde can work on once he’s got the basics right.
At least Villa ended a dreadful run of seven successive defeats and, certainly given the stature of their opponents, that is a platform from which Garde can build.
He is aware that confidence is fragile and success is not going to happen overnight, but it wasn’t a bad way to kick off his reign.
Quoted on teamtalk.com, he said: “We have to believe we can be safe. It will be a tough mission even if we have one more point.
“You have to be lucky, but you have to work hard; luck is not coming knocking on your door and saying ‘look, I’m here’. You create that, the behaviour you need to get lucky. It would have been very disappointing for us not to get a point if they had scored.
“A clean sheet against such a good team, who have such good players all over the field, means we should be a little bit more confident next time.”
After such a desperate run of results, Garde is hoping to turn the frown upside down and get his players smiling again. And enjoying their football.
He added after the draw with City: “It was a nice experience and a fantastic atmosphere. It was a tough game. I can be very happy with my team today, I saw smiles on their faces.
“When you play with sadness it does not help you. I tried in the three training sessions we had to deliver my message.”