Di Matteo talks up key area in first Schalke press conference

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The former Chelsea boss refused to be drawn on Schalke's impending meeting with his old club.

Fresh from his surprise announcement as manager at German giants Schalke, Roberto di Matteo has been presented to the press, and touched on some areas he will be looking to improve on with his new side.

The Bundesliga outfit, based in Gelsenkirchen, have only won two games so far this season, and though they possess goalscoring potential, they have one of the worst goals against records in the German top flight. Unsurprisingly, this is an area Di Matteo is eager to work on. 

“There is only one boss in the dressing room,” the former Italy international said. “We have to work on getting more organised and work on the players’ confidence. There is no miracle cure, we need patience and time.”

"It's a good team, which has a lot of potential going forward, but it has some problems in defence.

"We have to work on our defensive organisation and I have a lot of work ahead of me."

Schalke are one of the Bundesliga sides most willing to adopt a strategy of getting rid of managers sooner rather than later if the team go through a tough patch. Previous boss Jens Keller had enjoyed a decent spell in charge, securing Champions League football for the Royal Blues twice since taking over in 2012, but the club's form this year has been poor, and Keller leaves with the side down in 11th place.

Ex Azzurri teammate Attilio Lombardo will be Di Matteo's assistant, with both having ties to Lazio and the Premier league. Lombardo was recently Roberto Mancini's assistant at Galatasaray.

In a twist of fate, Di Matteo's Schalke side will host former team Chelsea in Germany in Champions League on November 25th, and the fact the last time the Blues and Di Matteo shared a German stadium together it resulted in the biggest night in the Londoners history will not be lost on anyone.

But the 44-year-old didn't want to focus too much on that match, with the fixture still a month and a half away, telling reporters: "I have only been here 24 hours and there are a lot of games to come before that one," he added."

Privately, Di Matteo, and those at Chelsea that won the Champions League under the Italian, may be very much penciling in the date.

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