Remi Garde has been working with his Aston Villa squad on the training ground over the international break.
Garde was appointed as Villa boss in the wake of Tim Sherwood dismissal, and the Frenchman has made immediate changes to their set-up.
The former Lyon boss is keen to improve Villa’s passing accuracy, and Gil has been impressed by the 49-year-old’s start to life at Villa Park.
"It has been really positive," Gil enthused. "He obviously made some changes to the style of our performance and it worked really well against Man City.
"He wants us to keep possession and move forward and back as a unit and we worked on that in training ahead of the game. The new manager also lets you know exactly what he wants from you and I think the players have responded to that."
Villa were much improved in Garde’s first match in charge, with their performance against Manchester City arguably their finest of the season to date.
The Claret and Blues were combative and creative against City, and they managed to pick up a 0-0 draw against the current league leaders.
Garde has now had two weeks in which to work with his Villa squad, due to the international break, and he will be hoping that his side can show the progression that they have made on the training ground over the coming weeks.
Villa take on Everton on Saturday, and they will be eager to pick up three points to stop themselves getting cast adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table.