Aston Villa boss Remi Garde wary of threat posed by Everton's Romelu Lukaku

The Frenchman's second game as Villa manager sees his side face Roberto Martinez's men at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told AVTV that his side will need to stifle the influence of Romelu Lukaku if they want to secure a positive result from Saturday’s game at Everton.

Garde’s first match in charge of Villa after replacing the departed Tim Sherwood earlier this month on a three-and-a-half-year deal saw his team hold Premier League leaders Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at home, ending a seven-game top-flight losing streak in the process.

The Midlands outfit still sit bottom of the table with just five points from 12 fixtures, but the recent international break has given the new boss his first chance to work with the bulk of his squad for an extended period.

However, the Frenchman’s second game at the helm this weekend against ninth-placed Everton will present another tough challenge, as the Villa defence will have to find a way to stop the in-form Lukaku from continuing his scoring run.

The Belgian striker has netted seven goals in 12 league appearances this season, including five in the past six matches, and Garde is more than wary of the potential threat he poses to his struggling side.

Nevertheless, the former Lyon manager is confident that he has devised a game plan that will keep the powerful forward quiet on the afternoon, along with the likes of fellow front man Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu.

“It’s always the team that scores goals,” Garde told AVTV. “Of course, Lukaku is very strong and has done very well in the Premier League because he is such a powerful man, but if he does not receive the ball then he will not score.

“We have to work as a team to prevent Lukaku getting the ball.

“They also have Deulofeu, Kone, Barry – they have a very well-balanced team,” he continued. “They play a good style of football. They like to have the ball so we are going to try to make it difficult for them.”

Garde himself played twice at Goodison Park during his three-year spell at Arsenal between 1996 and 1999, starting a 2-0 win and coming off the bench for a 2-2 draw, but he knows that the current Everton side will provide a much sterner test than the Toffees team that was struggling in the bottom half of the table during his Gunners career.

“It was a memorable atmosphere,” he added. “Goodison Park is a very nice place to play football but it’s difficult to win or get a point there. Everton have been a strong team in the Premier League for the last six or seven years.

“Maybe last year was a bit more difficult for them because they played in the Europa League, which is very demanding, but they have very good players and the manger has been at the club for a long time.

“It’s going to be difficult for us but the point we gained against City was a good one and we’re going to try to do our best.”

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