Remi Garde insists Aston Villa's squad is behind him

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Reports have suggested that Gabriel Agbonlahor and Charles N’Zogbia have not responded well to Remi Garde's appointment at Aston Villa.

Remi Garde has told the Daily Mail that he does not feel that he is fighting a losing battle at Aston Villa.

The French boss has reportedly faced some dissent towards his training techniques since taking charge.

It has been said that Gabriel Agbonlahor and Charles N’Zogbia have both had problems with the intensity of Villa’s training by the Mail.

However, Garde insists that the players in his squad have responded well to his appointment, and that they are in fact enjoying his methods.

"I don’t feel I have an opposition," he said. "I know that if everything was well before I arrived I wouldn’t be here.

"I’m not here to say, “What do you want to do?” I’m here to say, “How we can improve the team?" I have a job to propose some different aspects in the way we prepare for the games.

"If some players don’t agree with that then they will come to me and say they don’t want to do it but at the moment nobody has done that.

“Football is about running and fighting and if you are not prepared to do that you can’t do it. But I am sure that the training sessions I do are not the hardest in Europe. I would bet a lot of money on that.”

Garde has sparked a minor improvement in Villa’s results, but not enough to get them away from the danger zone as yet.

The Villans have been more difficult to beat under Garde’s stewardship, but they have failed to win any of their first six matches with him in charge and have work to do over the busy Christmas and New Year period.

Villa's relatively young side is currently 10 points away from safety, and they have not won any of their last 15 Premier League matches.

Garde’s men’s next match comes against West Ham United on Boxing Day and it will be tough to get what would be a vital three points.

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