Rémi Garde Interview
It was obvious that Rémi Garde’s main plan at Goodison Park was to cramp Everton’s style by playing two disciplined banks of four. In the early stages of the game, Villa rarely ventured outside of their own half, but their shape didn’t hold for long as Barkley’s goal, after a well-worked Everton move, meant they’d need a plan B after only 17 minutes.
Villa had very little threat going forward throughout the game, as their defence crumbled behind them. It seems that Rémi Garde already knows his first XI, something that Tim Sherwood couldn’t work out after months with the players, but it just doesn’t look good enough for this league at the moment.
The Villa boss in his post-match interview (below) suggested the player’s confidence is low, yet it’s not the only thing they are lacking. Quality and organisation seem to be top of the low list.
Rémi Garde interview
You only have to look at what Leicester City have done with less resources than Villa to realise that Lerner and his board should be doing much, much, much better.
When you also consider that the Foxes were dead and buried at Christmas last season and how they’ve resurrected themselves since, it’s at least an encouraging example for Garde that turnarounds can happen. He’ll need Lerner to help him in January in getting in ready-to-go quality players to have any chance to do the same though. But would such players come now?
One thing is for sure though, Villa will need points from their next couple of games to have any chance of staying in touch come January.
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