“We will play with aggression, with passion. We know how important points are in the Premier League, from the first point to the last point. I’m sure when everyone comes to the stadium, they are proud of our team. This is the most important thing for me. This is our objective.
“It’s important we have balance. When you play in a very good league, you need this balance. The most important thing this season is to continue with the clean sheets, it’s important we start and improve with this system, and after we will see.
“We lost too much time together last season and I want these games at home to have a good atmosphere. We need the fans to give a very good push up. With fans with us, it’s more difficult for other teams to come and win games.
“Last season was a good connection with the fans. A lot of people wrote to me on Instagram. It was a good connection. I’m sure this season it will be a perfect connection. We need our fans, we have an amazing goal this season and we need their spirit. When people come to our stadium I want them to say ‘Wow, the people are amazing, this is an amazing atmosphere’, and I’m sure they’ll give that to us.”
“It was a great start [for Villa] last season and it built momentum from the start, and brought a consistency certainly in the first half of the season.
“We’ve got a team that’s been newly-promoted, in Watford, and they’ll be a little bit of an unknown to us. But I’m sure with a full house, they’ll certainly start the game lively and we have to be at our best to beat them.
“It will be very difficult. But we’ve got some inside knowledge: my assistant, Craig Shakespeare, was assistant there the last time they were in the Premier League so he knows Vicarage Road very well and we’ll be going there with a gameplan to get all three points.”