The Claret and Blues have not won a match since the opening day of the season, but they showed improvements in Garde’s first game in charge yesterday.
Villa picked up a credible 0-0 draw against Manchester City, and their new manager believes that they have the quality to drag themselves out of trouble.
"We have some good players - they just needed confidence," he said. "Today was a very difficult game, but we had nothing to lose so I wanted my players to defend well and when they get the ball to try to attack and cause them some problems."
Villa are currently five points away from safety, but the improvement they made in Garde’s first match was remarkable.
The Midlands outfit have looked disjointed throughout the campaign so far, but they were organised and robust against City.
It gives them something to build upon, and Garde will be keen to get to work with his players on the training ground over the international break.
When Villa return to competitive action their fixture list does not look particularly kind, with tough games against Everton, Watford, Southampton and Arsenal on the horizon.