Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Villas-Boas plays down expectations

Andre Villas-Boas

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the significance of his arrival at Stamford Bridge after arriving as manager on a three-year contract.

Villas-Boas was confirmed as Chelsea boss on Wednesday morning after the west Londoners agreed to pay a reported £13.3million to release him from his Porto contract.

However unlike his countryman and predecessor Jose Mourinho, who famously labelled himself as the 'Special One' upon his arrival in England, Villas-Boas used his first interview to tell fans that any success under his stewardship will be down to the club rather than him alone, telling Chelsea TV: "Don't expect something from one man."

He added: "Expect us to create a group dynamic of everybody getting together, with the fans getting together, with people getting excited with the motivation that is in and around us.

"In the new way of communicating and the new leadership - this is the most important thing.

"It is not about my arrival. It is about the continuous success of this club."

Villas-Boas is no stranger to the west London club, working there as part of the backroom staff under Mourinho, whom he followed to Inter Milan.

During that time Villas-Boas saw the club's elevation to perennial title-contenders and he is determined to maintain the strides made in that time.

"Let's reflect on the success of the past six years at this club and what we have achieved and now what we can achieve in the next six years again," he added.

"There is no doubt that the challenge for me is to keep winning. I am an individual who has that hunger for success and I want to keep it that way."