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Published: 12:53 | 17/12/15

Garde wants to emulate Leicester

Remi Garde has challenged his Aston Villa players to follow the example set by Leicester when they pulled off the great escape in the Premier League last season.

The Foxes looked certain to return to the Championship when they found themselves rooted to the bottom of the table in January 2015, but they managed to pick up 28 points from the final 19 games to finish the campaign in 14th.

They have gone from strength to strength under manager Claudio Ranieri to sit top of the table after 15 matches, while Villa find themselves firmly in the relegation zone.

Garde believes Villa can learn from Leicester's situation and sees no reason why they cannot retain their Premier League survival.

"Leicester were in the same situation [as Villa]. Why can't we do that?" he told reporters ahead of this weekend's clash with Arsenal.

"I was pleased with the spirit of my players [in the 1-1 draw] at Southampton. I was very happy to see the fighting spirit.

"I saw the Bournemouth and Newcastle results but you concentrate on what you can control."

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