Villas-Boas pledges player support
Andre Villas-Boas maintains his door will always be open to his new Chelsea squad - and not just for football matters.
Villas-Boas never made his mark as a player, but his comprehensive approach certainly proved a big hit at Porto, whom he guided to a domestic double and Europa League success last season before filling the vacancy in west London after a 15million euro release clause in his contract was paid off.
And Villas-Boas knows in the modern game, it is more than just harmony on the field which will prove key to sustained success, telling Chelsea TV: "We are very open-minded, we are open to them, to their problems and not only the problems they face on the pitch but their problems that they face in their day-to-day life."
He added: "We are not just managers of the game, we are people who understand the person as a whole. This is something that we feel can have a good impact."
Just as Mourinho did when he arrived from Porto in 2004, Villas-Boas is expected to raid his former club for a couple of top performers, like Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and midfielder Joao Moutinho.
However, the new Blues manager insists it is very much a case of evolution, not revolution at Stamford Bridge - with Ancelotti having completed an historic league and FA Cup double just 12 months before his unceremonious dismissal.
"The tremendous success that Carlo had here, the magnificent two years he spent here, we want to build on from that," said Villas-Boas. "Carlo has left for this club some important things and we want to continue building from where he left. There will be no big radical impact or big radical rupture.
"I want to feel everybody together in this project and continue with the magnificent work Carlo left behind. The natural progression for this club is to keep winning and that's what I want to do."
He added: "This is a new leadership, a new communication, a new way of being, but I think in the end it all ends up in the motivation everyone must feel to continue to win for the club.
"It is good to be back at a club where I know the people around and hopefully we can start the season with a tremendous impact with staff, players and this new empathy that I want to bring."