Garde: Why I'm still optimistic
Rémi Garde says he's still in optimistic mood heading into the weekend clash with Sunderland.
Garde is eager to lead Villa to three points against the Black Cats and start 2016 with a morale-boosting result.
Many pundits have written off claret and blue chances of survival as we lie bottom of the Barclays Premier League table and 11 points from safety.
Garde, however, is refusing to let his head drop and insists that redemption is still very possible.
He said: "I am still very frustrated not to have won a game in this country, for sure.
"But I am still looking at it with an optimist's view.
"If you look at the game we had the previous week against West Ham we were not far away from winning. I know that we are not far away for sure.
"I am still thinking the victory will come soon and that will change the mood of the changing room and the players too.
"I am very focused on what I have to do. I know it's getting difficult but there are still 19 games to play and 57 points to win.
"There are still enough to reach the target.
"Yes it is getting tougher. But I am still optimistic."
Garde wants a maximum haul on Wearside - but stresses that it's not do-or-die yet on Saturday.
He added: "It is a very important game but this is not the last chance we will have to be fair.
"There are still a lot of points to be done. Let's see what happens.
"We will go there to win. I want my team to have the best spirit they can have - everyone in this club, particularly me and the players - have to show the best we can do.
"I am sure the players will be very, very committed."
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