Aston Villa boss Remi Garde says he is planning to use Leicester’s blueprint as he plots to find a way to keep the club in the Premier League.
Garde has yet to taste victory for Villa after drawing three and losing three of his six Premier League games and Villa are 10 points adrift of safety after slipping to the foot of the table.
But when asked if Villa could avoid relegation, Garde, at Tuesday’s press conference, said with the support of the fans it was possible – just as Leicester did last season when they were bottom of the table at Christmas.
Garde said: “Leicester were in a similar position to us last season. I must look at how and why they’ve done that. I’m working on that. I still believe we can do it.
“We need the crowd behind the team. I’ve already said that it’s difficult for the fans to get behind the team when we’re not playing well or don’t score the first goal at Villa Park.
“Without the support of the fans it will be more and more difficult.”
Garde, who confirmed his squad will train on Christmas Day morning, also hinted he is preparing to make a move in the January transfer window.
“In terms of bringing players in in January it is not as easy as that. I have some ideas. We need to be in a better situation than the one we’re in today,” said Garde.
“It’s hard to say how many points we’ll need. I think 10 victories. That might not be enough. We must keep working hard.”
With just one win to their name all season, Villa host West Ham on Boxing Day and Garde knows the Hammers will pose a significant threat on the counter-attack.
“West Ham are a solid side. They’re very efficient away. They don’t concede a lot of goals. They defend very well and are dangerous on the counter-attack. It will be tough,” added Garde.
“We’ll need to find the balance of playing the home game with some good attacking play but wary of the counter-attack.
“Beating West Ham would be the best Christmas gift for myself and the players.”