The Villa boss insists that other Premier League results this weekend mean his side are still alive.
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has made a defiant statement following the thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, insisting to the club's official website that other results this weekend mean they are still alive in the fight for survival.
The claret and blue side threw away a competent first-half display at the Etihad Stadium by crumbling in the second half to lose 4-0 against Manchester City on Saturday.
That result increases the distance from safety to nine points with just nine matches of the season left, but it could have been worse had Sunderland held on for victory at Southampton.
Garde suggested that his team must take the way other results ultimately fell kindly for them as a sign that all is not lost in the battle to avoid relegation, but did not shy away from the enormity of the task at hand.
He told avfc.co.uk: "I have not got the habit of waiting for good news from my direct rivals but, once again, after this weekend we're still in the race.
"The race is very difficult because we start at the bottom of this small league that we are playing with three or four other teams. We have to digest very quickly this heavy defeat. It's not always easy.
"We still have the possibility to do it and we have to focus on the next game. We still have to believe. Sometimes the results of other teams haven't been in our favour. This weekend they have. Maybe it's a sign."
Villa have now lost their last four matches on the spin, conceding 15 goals in that time whilst scoring just two, and, despite Garde's protests to the contrary, the curtain is falling on their unbroken 29-year spell in the top flight.
Things do not get any easier for the Birmingham side, with a home clash against title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur ahead next Sunday.