Speaking to the official Aston Villa website, Remi Garde has admitted that the desire from his players is what has been costing his team in recent games, following the return of just one point from a possible nine.
Garde said: “In the last game we missed a little bit of desire to win the ball in front of our box and it cost us a few goals in the past few games.”
Villa secured a 0-0 draw with Manchester City in Garde’s debut game in charge, but since then, Villa have lost successive fixtures against Everton and Watford.
The loss against Everton was a truly dreadful performance, and although Garde’s players were improved against Watford, they still offered themselves up for a thrashing due to some comical defending.
There was almost no sense of defensive security, and the Villa players showed little in terms of desire, or ability, to win the ball back in midfield.
It is this lack of desire that Garde believes is costing his team, as an unwillingness to win the ball back is gifting opposition teams a free run at the Villa goal.
Brad Guzan is struggling as it is, and he is really not being helped by the lack of cover that his defenders are providing in front of him.
Keeping clean sheets is far more important than scoring goals in the fight for survival, and Garde has highlighted that a lack of defensive desire is what has cost Villa so far this season.