Remi Garde pinpoints what he's already been encouraged by at Aston Villa

Aston Villa lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in their latest outing, which Remi Garde watched from the stands.

Remi Garde has told Aston Villa’s official website that he has already been encouraged by the spirit he has seen in his players.

Garde was appointed as Villa boss on Monday, and he watched his new team from the stands when they took on Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the week.

Villa lost the fixture 3-1 against Spurs, but the French manager was pleased with the character that his team displayed.

And he said: "The spirit I saw on the field was quite encouraging for me. I am going to work on that.

"I hope we will improve in different ways. It's a very short time before the next game on Sunday.

"I have no time. I know that."

Villa were largely outclassed against Spurs, but for a spell in the second-half they put the London club on the back foot.

When Jordan Ayew hit the back of the net, Villa seemed to find a route back into the match, and they almost came back from 2-0 down to level the scores.

However, ultimately, they were picked off by Spurs, who completed their triumph when Harry Kane scored with a fine finish late on.

That defeat leaves Villa still looking for their first win since the opening day of the season.

The Claret and Blues are currently four points adrift of safety, and take on table-topping Manchester City at the weekend.

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