Tim Sherwood on the message he's been giving to Aston Villa's players

Aston Villa have failed to win a Premier League match since the opening day of the season.

Tim Sherwood has said to the Daily Mail that he is telling Aston Villa's players to go out and express themselves.

Villa have struggled in an attacking sense this season, and their performances have been widely criticised for being dull.

Even Sherwood admits that he has felt bored watching his team recently, but he insists that he is trying to make his team more entertaining. 

"The last few weeks have been boring, I’ve felt bored watching it," he said. "People going square, sideways, I’m not telling them to do that. I’m telling them to express themselves."

Sherwood's commitment to enhancing Villa's attacking threat was highlighted in their last game, as he started both Carles Gil and Jack Grealish against Chelsea.

Many managers would have tried to put men behind the ball at Stamford Bridge, but Sherwood wanted his team to take the game to Chelsea.

It was a tactic which almost worked with Villa starting the contest very well, but individual errors cost them, and they fell to a 2-0 defeat.

That loss leaves Villa stuck in the relegation zone, and they are already four points away from safety, after a disastrous start. 

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