By Amir Mir
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is preparing to provide the club with its own identity, as the club gears up for a gruelling season in the Championship.
The Midlands outfit were relegated into the second-tier of English football last season amid fan protests, disinterested players and a lack of identity at the club.
The recently appointed manager has provided an insight into how he plans to set up for the forthcoming season.
“Certainly, we’re going to try and play with the ball on the ground as much as we can and pass the ball,” Di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail. “I know that in the Championship we will need to mix it a little bit as well, depending on the opposition.”
Villa suffered a humiliating 2015-16 Premier League season when they registered only three wins, scoring just 27 goals and conceding 76.
Di Matteo, a former Champions League winning manager, has the task of lifting a side that is extremely low on morale, but the Italian is confident he has the answers.
“We will find a solution and a formula that suits us and is one that will bring us the most success,” said Di Matteo. “Once you have your principles of play and they’re embedded in the team you can build on that.
“It depends on the opposition. We are going to have our own identity. It will take time but we’re building on that. You adapt against who you play sometimes but we want to cause our own problems.”
The Championship side has signed three new players this summer with Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick signing for a fee of £3million, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini joining for £4.1million and Aaron Tshibola transferring for £5million.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s owner is set to take a tough stance on the players who underperformed last season.