Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Villas-Boas confident of success

Andre Villas-Boas

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes he can satisfy the club's thirst for silverware and accepts he will be held to the highest of standards at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old, who worked in Jose Mourinho's backroom team during his time at the club, was on Wednesday confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor on a three-year deal that will see Chelsea pay Porto a release fee of around £13.3million.

"Chelsea is a club that in the last six years has achieved so much and people are expecting us to be the same way," he told www.chelseafc.com. "There is not going to be more or less tolerance for me if I am not successful so this is the challenge I face and I feel confident that we can motivate everybody, not only the players but also the structure."

He added: "I feel confident I can respond to the ambitions of the supporters and the ambitions of the owner and the administration."

The shadow of his countryman, predecessor and former boss Mourinho is one Villas-Boas will have to deal with at Chelsea, but although he understands comparisons will be made, his tone was noticeably different to that of the self-anointed 'special one'.

While Mourinho's managerial career has been characterised by his larger-than-life personality and media grandstanding as much as his consistent success, Villas-Boas promised not to hog the limelight.

"The main important thing that people have to reflect on is that I don't see the game as a one-man show, I see the game as the getting together of ideas and collective ideas and good players," he said.

"Chelsea appointed me basically for human qualities and that is what I want to bring into this club again.

"The most important thing is to motivate the players to get their ambitions right, to reflect again on what the club has achieved in the last six years and we need to keep this route to success.

"We are a technical staff that focuses a lot on unlocking potential."

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