Roberto Di Matteo faced the media ahead of the Rotherham United game.
His views are below.
On the injury situation…
Nathan Baker had to come off at half-time in the Luton Town game with a head injury.
We will have to assess him today. We will have to make a decision.
Apart from that, everyone else is fine.
On reaction to the Kenilworth Road defeat…
Obviously you’re licking your wounds.
We have to look forward to our first home game now.
We should be excited by this at Villa Park.
Hopefully we can have a good match and give a good account of ourselves.
We have to look forward to our first home game now. We should be excited by this at Villa Park.
Roberto Di Matteo
On lessons learnt from the EFL Cup exit…
I learnt things, especially in the second half.
We didn’t play as a team, it was more like individual players.
We need to play as a team over 90 minutes.
The first half we were well organised, compact and moved as a team.
In the second half it was disjointed.
Working offensively and defensively as a team, that’s what we have to do.
On the pressure of playing at Villa Park this season…
The pressure is always there. We need to be able to deal with the pressure.
It doesn’t matter who you play, it’s how you play and how you act.
On James Chester rumours…
We are in negotiations but we haven’t reached a deal yet.
We hope he comes here. We are negotiating.
You never know until it’s signed but we have definitely make a big effort to bring him here.
On other deals being done…
We are closing in on a few other targets.
You never know how quick it’s going to go.
On Joe Bennett move to Sheffield Wednesday falling through…
Obviously the deal wasn’t right for the club so for the moment he’s still with us.
On Mile Jedinak speculation…
That’s another player where there are speculations in the paper.
I have clear ideas of targets and players we need. We are working hard to get those players in.
Roberto Di Matteo
On whether the Luton Town defeat sharpened his transfer focus…
I have clear ideas of targets and players we need.
We are working hard to get those players in but it takes the time it takes. It’s not going to happen overnight. You need the time.
You have your targets and it may take time to bring them in.
But you’re not looking at a short term solution for one or two games.
You have to bring players in who you know can do a really good job over the season.
We are looking for good players with good character and good personality. We are working behind the scenes.
On positive results changing the mood…
We are now focusing on Rotherham.
The best recipe for everyone is to be able to win the first home game. That would give the whole environment a big lift.
It’s a long season. We have played one league game. We are looking forward to the first home match now and we want to get a positive result.
On whether this has been the lowest ebb he’s worked in before…
Personally I have never experienced it, neither as player or manager.
There’s definitely a mindset that needs changing here.
The best recipe is a good positive result. The sooner the win comes the better.
There is definitely this hangover But it’s a new season, it's a home game, we have new players on the pitch and I am sure they will get the support.
Our supporters are good. We have to look forward into the future.