Remi Garde: Aston Villa don’t have enough quality

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Remi Garde has slammed his Aston Villa squad after claiming that they don’t “have enough quality” following their latest defeat at the hands of Stoke on Saturday.

Villa’s last Premier League outing prior to this weekend saw them suffer their biggest defeat of the campaign, as they were thrashed 6-0 by Liverpool.

The Villa Park outfit have won just three league games in 2015-16 and the weekend loss to Mark Hughes’ men was their 17th of the season.

Garde was hoping his side may step up and respond with a better performance on Saturday, but they fell to another defeat against the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke led 2-0 after a brace from Marko Arnautovic and, although Villa scored late on through Leandro Bacuna, it was not enough to spring a comeback.

The Villains have never got going this term and remain at the foot of the Premier League table with an eight point gap to safety.

The French manager, who arrived as a replacement for Tim Sherwood earlier this season, was openly critical of his team after Saturday’s loss and admits both quality and confidence is low within the camp.

Garde said: “The players did what they can.

“The first 45 minutes we were OK and defended well.

“We tried to do our best but we started the second half too poorly and when you are 2-0 down it is over.

“When you are bottom of the table it is difficult to play with full confidence. The fans were behind the team. We don’t have enough quality.”

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