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Saturday media watch [09.01.16]
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9th Jan 2016
Saturday media watch [09.01.16]


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde has challenged Aston Villa to use their FA Cup test at Wycombe to remember how to win again. Garde reckons a cup win against their League Two hosts - in front of the BT Sports cameras - could be a springboard for Villa's Premier League survival efforts. The club have won more cup matches - the Capital One Cup ties against Notts County and Blues - than they have top flight fixtures this season, with their last league win coming on the opening day of the season at Bournemouth.

Daily Telegraph: Rémi Garde insists a victory over Wycombe Wanderers could prove the catalyst for Aston Villa to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Garde is targeting his first win as Villa manager this weekend and desperately searching for a positive in a sorry season. Villa are facing another potentially awkward afternoon in front of the TV cameras and an exit from the FA Cup to League Two opponents would condemn the strugglers to further humiliation.

The Sun: Rémi Garde says his Aston Villa players have forgotten how to win after 15 games without success. They have not triumphed since Rudy Gestede's clincher sunk Birmingham in the Capital One Cup on September 22. That was Tim Sherwood's last win before a four-match losing run cost him his job. Despite four draws since taking over in November, Garde has yet to win in nine games so today's Cup game at Wycombe is vital for confidence.

Daily Star: Rémi Garde has told his players to avoid heaping more ridicule on Aston Villa. Villa's boss knows the fans can't take much more as he prays his side avoid an FA Cup humbling at League Two Wycombe. All the ingredients are there for a shock with Garde still seeking his first win in his 10th game in charge. Villa are stranded at the foot of the Premier League table after a miserable season which has seen them go without a win since the first day of the season. The Frenchman is desperate for a win - any kind of win - as he bids to stop an alarming slide.

Richards

Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde is contemplating using Micah Richards as a right-back as Aston Villa kick off their FA Cup campaign at Wycombe Wanderers. With Alan Hutton unavailable for the third round tie because of a hamstring injury, Garde must make a change at right-back. Richards has played in that position for most of his career, but has switched to central defence during his time at Villa. Garde admits the club captain could revert to full-back at Adams Park, while Leandro Bacuna offers him another option there.

Daily Mail: Rémi Garde is weighing up starting Micah Richards at right back for Aston Villa's FA Cup tie against Wycombe Wanderers with Alan Hutton out through injury. Richards has played exclusively in central defence since joining on a free transfer, but the Villa manager is leaning towards trying the 27-year-old in the position he featured predominantly for previous club Manchester City. Shifting Richards, the club's captain and highest earner, out to the flank is a big call, but would allow Garde the choice of Joleon Lescott, Jores Okore or Ciaran Clark in the middle.

The Sun: Tony Pulis wants Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor to join him at West Brom. Lifelong Villa fan Agbonlahor, 29, has fallen out of favour with new boss Rémi Garde. And with the Villans ready to do business with Baggies chief Pulis for £1.5m, that will open the door for West Brom to sell Saido Berahino this month, with Spurs and Stoke both keen on the striker.

Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde has warned Aston Villa of Wycombe's long ball threat - and partisan Adams Park atmosphere. Garde is expecting Gareth Ainsworth's League Two Chairboys to adopt a route one approach in this weekend's FA Cup third round tie. He also expects the home fans in a sell-out crowd to make life difficult for Premier League Villa.

Best of the Rest

BBC Sport: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he is unfazed by Pep Guardiola's desire to manage in the Premier League. Bayern Munich coach Guardiola, 44, has announced he will leave the German club in May after three seasons.

Sky Sports: Mario Gotze has fuelled speculation over a reunion with Jurgen Klopp by admitting he could leave Bayern Munich this summer. Liverpool boss Klopp was in charge of Borussia Dortmund when Gotze came through the ranks to emerge as one of German football's top attacking talents.

BBC Sport: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Harry Kane is not for sale. The Argentinian says he would not be surprised if the in-form England forward was of interest to Real Madrid, who have been linked with Kane.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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