Aston Villa have nothing to lose against Manchester City, says Garde

RĂ©mi Garde

The new Villa boss is hoping to have the full support of the club's fan base as he seeks to turn things around.

Speaking to the club’s official website, new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says they have 'nothing to lose' when they take on Manchester City this weekend.

Garde takes charge of his new side for the first time on Sunday since being named as Tim Sherwood’s successor on Monday evening.

He has been handed a baptism of fire, as he comes up against an in-form Manchester City side who currently top the Premier League table and are full of confidence following a fine performance against Sevilla in midweek.

Garde, though, insists the pressure will be firmly on the visitors at Villa Park.

"It will be a tough game but we have nothing to lose,” he told avfc.co.uk.

"I saw a lot of Villa games since the beginning of the season and many of them have been unfortunate for the team. They were very close to getting more points.”

The new Villa boss has also called on the fans to get behind the side as he seeks to turn things around at Villa Park.

There has been dissent among the supporters this season as they grew disillusioned with their side’s continued fight against relegation, with them particularly unhappy at the boring football on show under Tim Sherwood.

The Frenchman has now replaced Sherwood in the hot-seat, though, and he is hoping to have their full backing, saying that their support is vital for his players.

"We will try to do our best for the Villa fans, the support is vital,” he added.

"I hope the Villa fans will be behind the team because I know it's very important for the players - especially when you have so many new players coming from abroad. It is important they are supported by the fans.”

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