Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

No issue with Benitez - AVB

Rafael Benitez

Andre Villas-Boas has no problem with Rafael Benitez despite claims the Spaniard is being lined up to replace him as Chelsea manager.

Benitez has been mentioned as a possible short-term successor to Villas-Boas should Blues owner Roman Abramovich dismiss the Portuguese following their poor run of form but Villas-Boas insists he has no problem with the former Valencia manager.

"It would be an honour for me (to meet him)," the 34-year-old Chelsea boss said. "I have no problem with that."

He added: "We share a common friend but I have never met him.

"We were going to have dinner three or four months ago but we didn't. It would be fantastic to have dinner with him.

"He is one of the most successful managers in world football."

Villas-Boas hopes to embark upon a strong finish to the season - starting at home against Bolton on Saturday - but he candidly revealed on Thursday that he thinks teams no longer fear coming to Stamford Bridge like they did under former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

"There is no fear factor at the Bridge," Villas-Boas said.

"I don't know if there ever was. There is a fear factor at a couple of grounds in this country - Anfield and Old Trafford. It was a difficult place to come under Jose Mourinho but there is no fear factor of emotion."