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Di Matteo: What I think we need next season in the Championship

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Di Matteo: What I think we need next season in the Championship
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Roberto Di Matteo wants to build a team to cope with the rigours of the Championship - but insists he is eager to play attractive football along the way too. 

Di Matteo says he believes entertaining the fans with quality performances is crucial but accepts that three points, over and over again, will be ultimately paramount for the claret and blues to make an immediate return to the top-flight. 

The new boss is looking to reduce the size of the squad - and also reshape it with players he believes can flourish in the second tier. 

He told AVTV HD: "The Championship is certainly a big, big challenge, it's a bit like a marathon - I always compare it to that. 

"It's going to be a very hard and long season and we need to build a team mentality that is ready for that. 

"I'd like my team to try and play a certain way - an attractive way if possible. 

I like my teams to be strong - physically and tactically. Roberto Di Matteo
"But the result is the most important aspect. If you can entertain while you're getting results, it's obviously the perfect match. 

"Ultimately, you need to have a team that is capable of competing - and then the football qualities can come out. 

"Without that you won't survive in the Championship because every game will be a fight, a battle - and a physical battle as well. 

"I like my teams to be strong - physically and tactically - and try to dominate the opposition. 

"I have analysed the squad and I think we have too many players, the squad is too big. I will certainly look to trim the squad. 

"I will try to identify the right players for this season that will give us an edge and will improve the team in many aspects - physical aspects, technical aspects and also human aspects. 

"I think it's important we create a group of individuals that work as a team. I think that's vital that we have a good, united side on the pitch."

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 16th June 2016