Aston Villa’s new boss has called on the fans for their support.
The ex-Arsenal player was appointed Villa’s new boss earlier this week, taking over the reins from Tim Sherwood following the former Tottenham Hotspur manager’s sacking.
Garde’s job is simple: Preserve the club’s Premier League status against the odds.
His first game in charge sees leaders City arrive at Villa Park, and Garde has called on the supporters to get behind the team and fulfil a key role in helping the club in their battle against the drop.
“The Aston Villa fans have a big role to play. The Holte End is fantastic and I can tell you the players really need that backing,” he was quoted as saying.
“The current situation is not one the fans will appreciate. They come to see their team win and, at the moment, it is not the case.”
“But I remember when I played for Arsenal the fans believed in the team and supported us through bad moments. That is what we need and I am confident our supporters will do the same.”
Villa’s home form this season has been dreadful and if the club harbour any hopes of preserving their top-flight status come next summer, they will need to drastically improve.
One area they must work on is creativity. Villa’s three home goals this season is the joint-lowest in the league, and it’s not all that surprising considering their style of play.
Garde’s new side needs to add urgency to their game, look to get the best out of striker Rudy Gestede and play a balanced midfield capable of penetrating the opposition from deep.
Their battle to stay up will not hinge on results against the likes of City, United and Arsenal, but that doesn’t mean they can’t give those sides a real test on their home patch.