Carles Gil discusses the mood in the Aston Villa squad

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The 22-year-old Spaniard insists that confidence is sky high going into Saturday's clash with Swansea City at Villa Park.

Speaking to AVTV, Carles Gil has insisted that confidence remains high within the Aston Villa squad ahead of Saturday’s home game against Swansea City, despite the club's largely dismal start to the season.

The weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea left Villa in 19th-place in the Premier League table with just four points from nine matches, having gone without a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their opening fixture.

Now on a run of five straight league defeats, the likes of the Telegraph have reported that manager Tim Sherwood is facing the sack if the Swansea clash ends in another loss, but Gil claims that the mood in the dressing room has not been affected.

The Spanish playmaker sees a lot of quality in the 12 new players signed during the summer following the departures of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke and believes that the team are right on the cusp of a turnaround.

“We have confidence,” he said. “It’s a difficult situation for the team but if we win this one game on Saturday then we take more confidence to change the situation.

“They’re a good team with good players but we need a win. It’s a very important game and I hope that we can win the three points.

“I think the team played well for the first 30 minutes [against Chelsea] but when he conceded the first goal we felt discouraged,” he added. “I have confidence, though.

“I think we have a good team with good players. I think that we just need to win a game now to gain some confidence. That’s it.”

Gil himself has been in and out of the Villa side so far this term after picking up a knock in pre-season, having started three consecutive games on the bench before being restored to the line-up for the trip to Chelsea.

Originally signed from Valencia in January for around £3.2 million, the 22-year-old midfielder was billed as the mercurial No. 10 Paul Lambert’s team had been craving upon his arrival but, after marking his full debut with the club’s goal of the season in a 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth, he has since had to fight his way into successor Sherwood’s plans.

However, he displayed his game-changing ability in September’s 3-2 loss at Leicester City with another stunning strike and, given how crucial this weekend’s match could be to his manager’s future, his creative spark will be much needed on the afternoon.

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