Villa-Boas knows all about Chelsea


Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS -

AN­DRE Vil­las-Boas ex­pects to be fired by Chelsea if he fails to en­gi­neer in­stant suc­cess in his first year as man­ager of the English Premier League club.

Vil­las-Boas was hired last week as Chelsea’s sev­enth man­ager in eight years un­der the club’s ruth­less Rus­sian owner, Ro­man Abramovich.

“What you ex­pect from this club is to be suc­cess­ful straight away,” Vil­las-Boas said yes­ter­day.

“I will be sur­prised to be kept on the job if I don’t win.

“The ex­pec­ta­tions of the club are at the max­i­mum — no doubt we have a com­pro­mise with a cer­tain amount of tro­phies. The man­agers who have sat in this chair have been chal­lenged for the tro­phies. There’s noth­ing that the owner told me that I didn’t know, to chal­lenge for the tro­phies in every area.”

Vil­las-Boas quit Porto af­ter lead­ing the side to three tro­phies last sea­son, in­clud­ing the Por­tuguese league and the Europa League, in his one year in charge. His con­tract was ter­mi­nated af­ter the club re­ceived pay­ment of 15 mil­lion (US$ 21.5 mil­lion) to trig­ger his re­lease clause.

“It was a dif­fi­cult sep­a­ra­tion. It’s some­thing that was felt hard in Por­tu­gal. My com­mit­ment was 100 per­cent to Porto and it will al­ways be my club,” Vil­las-Boas said. “I al­ways felt well in Porto ... but ev­ery­one feels the need for a new chal­lenge.

“The move to Chelsea was based on a very lu­cra­tive move ... Porto was able to beat their of­fer. Porto made an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive of­fer to stay.”

Vil­las-Boas is of­ten com­pared to com­pa­triot Jose Mour­inho, who he worked un­der as a scout at Chelsea from 2004- 07 and then with Ital­ian side In­ter Mi­lan.

In Mour­inho’s first me­dia con­fer­ence at Chelsea, he de­clared him­self

The 33-year-old Por­tuguese coach said his ap­proach will be “win­ning with a cer­tain amount of at­tack­ing flair.”

His as­sis­tant will be for­mer Italy mid­fielder Roberto Di Mat­teo, who played for Chelsea from 19962002.

Di Mat­teo was sacked as West Bromwich Al­bion man­ager in Fe­bru­ary.

With both men known for preach­ing pos­ses­sion foot­ball with an at­tack­ing, ex­pan­sive style, it’s a good in­di­ca­tion of the ap­proach the Lon­don club is set to adopt next sea­son.

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