Garde led Villa to a 0-0 draw with Manchester City in his first game in charge, and Andy Gray has told talkSPORT (aired Thursday, 08:10) that the French boss will have benefitted from the international break.
Gray said: “I think with Villa, and I was up at the training ground the other day to have a chat with Remi Garde, that the players will come back refreshed. Garde's been able to work with the rest of the players for a couple of weeks without having a game, and that will be helpful for him.”
Prior to the break, Villa’s squad looked downbeat, and they were lucky to scrape the draw with City. It was an impressive point, but there were serious areas of the squad that needed improvement, and now Garde has had two weeks to work with his players.
Some of his squad have travelled away with their countries and played, and they will come back with a new mindset having left the sad atmosphere around Villa Park.
Someone like Jordan Ayew will return to the Midlands in good spirits, having scored for Ghana, and this kind of refreshing mentality could kickstart his spell with Villa.
For the players that remained at Villa Park, Garde has been able to train with them for two whole weeks without the need to prepare for a specific game, and this will do much for the way they are set up on the field of play.
Players will be far more tactically aware than they have been this season, and the performance this weekend should be a far better one than Villa showed against City.
Villa travel to Everton on Saturday hoping to pick up just their second win of the season, and this extra planning time Garde has enjoyed during the international break could prove vital in picking up some much needed points.