Villa are currently sitting on just four points from 11 Premier League games, but fan favourite Thomas Hitzlsperger has told talkSPORT that he is optimistic about their chances of staying in the top flight, considering how much of the season is left.
When asked about Villa’s survival chances, he said: “I’m optimistic to be honest, because there are still 27 games to be played, and they are only four points away from Bournemouth, who are in 17th. Remi Garde needs to bring confidence to the players, and first of all, make them hard to beat.”
Villa appointed Remi Garde as head coach earlier this week, taking over the Midlands side from Tim Sherwood, who was sacked last month.
The Frenchman arrives at a team who look in disarray, and the performance that Garde watched as Villa took on Spurs would not have brought him much hope that he can keep the side in the top flight.
There is no sense of a team ethic, and whilst some of the players are impressive in their own right, there have been no indications that the players are ready to work together to create a unit that is more than the sum of its parts.
However, Hitzlsperger has high hopes that Garde is the correct man for the Midlands side, and the former German international has expressed his belief that Villa can stay in the top flight.
He has stated that there are still a number of games to be played in the league this season, and loads of points to be picked up, meaning that Garde has plenty of time to turn around his team’s form.
There are few who believe Villa can now remain in the Premier League, but with Garde in charge, and plenty of the campaign left to play, the Midlands side can hold hope that survival can be guaranteed in the coming months.