Belfast Telegraph

No 'one-man show' for Villas-Boas

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas accepts comparisons with his former boss Jose Mourinho are inevitable, but has told fans his regime will be no "one-man show".

Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho during his Chelsea reign and followed the same route to Stamford Bridge by guiding Porto to success at home and abroad. But while Mourinho arrived at Chelsea declaring himself 'the special one', 33-year-old Villas-Boas has vowed to focus on fostering a team ethic at the club.

"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 told

He added: "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. We are a technical staff that incentivises a lot of freedom of choice because in the end, when the players are on the pitch, they face different situations that they have to solve without the help of their manager.

"This is the kind of stimulus that we want the players to have, responsibility and making decisions, because in the end the game is decided by them on the pitch.

"It is a clashing together of two good organisations and in the end it is the relationship between all of our players that can lead us to success, and that is what I want to work on."

Despite his relative youth - Villas-Boas will be the youngster top-flight manager next term by four years and is the same age as both Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard - his experience at Chelsea and a CV which includes a hat-trick of trophies last season, marked him out as the standout candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti.


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