Wednesday 4 November 2015 15:42, UK
Hugo Lloris has backed Remi Garde to be a success at Aston Villa and believes his former manager will guide the struggling club to the Premier League survival.
The Tottenham goalkeeper, who worked with Garde during their time together at Lyon, helped his side claim a 3-1 victory over Villa on Monday and condemn the visitors to their seventh straight Premier League defeat.
Villa currently sit bottom of the table, with only four points from 11 matches and without a win since the opening-day success at Bournemouth.
Garde has never managed outside of his native country, but did enjoy a three-year spell as a player at Arsenal in the late 1990s under the management of Arsene Wenger.
Lloris believes Garde's experience of English football, combined with the tactical knowledge he has seen for himself, will ultimately prove enough to rescue Villa from the drop.
"Yeah, I think so," Lloris said when asked if Garde could lead Villa to survival. "I know him very well because he was my manager for one year in Lyon.
"He is a great man and a great manager. He did only three years but under him, during my year, I really enjoyed my time.
"It's only positive about him. Tactically, he's going to bring his knowledge, and he has proper experience as a player with Arsenal, and I think he really wanted to join the Premier League.
"Aston Villa is a big club and a big opportunity for him, and I'm sure he will show how he's able to do."
Garde's first match in charge of Villa will be against current Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Villa face Everton at Goodison Park following the international break.
"His first two games, against City and Everton are not easy, but during the international break he's going to have two weeks to work with and get to know his players," Lloris added.
"They have a young team but some talented players and just need to fix a couple of details to be stronger as a team."