Garde took charge of Villa for the first time of Sunday, leading them to a 0-0 draw with Premier League leaders Manchester City, and the French boss has told the official Villa website what he told his players prior to the game.
Garde said: “I said to the players before the game that I understand that they are sad because they are disappointed with the results up until now. But when you play with sadness it doesn't help you. We need to gain more confidence - and carry on working in training.”
Garde was in charge for just under a week when he led his team to the draw with City, in what was a positive start for the new head coach.
It was a game which many expected Villa to lose, and although they were fortunate to come away with a point, it was a solid base to build upon for Garde.
The coach has revealed the message he gave to his players before the game, and he wanted to see them lose the sadness which has so far characterised their season.
Garde was aware that playing with sadness could only make their task harder, especially against a team of City’s quality, and he motivated them to stand up and compete with the talent of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Villa still have work to do, and they were on the back foot for much of the draw with City, but to pick up such a good point suggests that the Midlands side do have the quality needed to stay in the Premier League this season.
Garde looks to be the correct appointment for Villa, and work now starts to start picking up wins and the vital points needed for top flight safety.