Remi Garde discloses the message he has given to Aston Villa players

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Aston Villa lost to Stoke City in the Premier League at the weekend.

Speaking to the official Aston Villa website, Remi Garde has explained what he has spoken to his players about, having seen them suffer another defeat at the weekend.

Garde said: “I spoke to the players and the minimum is keeping the spirit and improving on the field to convert the chances we create - and having a clean sheet. Then we will have the three points."

Villa were defeated on Saturday afternoon, with Stoke City’s 2-1 win sending the Midlands club to their 17th league loss of the season.

They currently sit eight points off safety, and hope of a surprising survival in the top flight has all-but diminished now.

Garde looks out of his depth, and seems to be struggling to motivate the players, and the players themselves do not appear to be bothered by the enduring run of dreadful form.

The head coach has met with his players, and has revealed the message he gave to them, heading into the final weeks of the season.

He laid out the minimum that he wants to see from the players, which involves keeping the spirit around the club, and continuing to improve in an attempt to start picking up results.

He wants to see chances converted at a better rate, as well as the defence and goalkeeper keeping more clean sheets for the rest of the campaign.

Villa have endured one of the toughest seasons in Premier League history, and even with Garde’s message to his players, there is almost no chance that the Midlands club will remain in the top flight come the end of the campaign.

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