Andre Villas-Boas vows to bring ‘flair’ to Chelsea

Chelsea boss promises to bring attacking football to Stamford Bridge as he begins his reign in west London

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Villas-Boas faces the English media for the first time Photo: The Sport Review

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas vowed to bring an attack-minded philosophy to Stamford Bridge when he faced the English media for the first time on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who was signed a three-year deal with the Blues to replace Carlo Ancelotti, also confirmed that he has appointed former West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo as his assistant.

“It’s not just about winning, it’s a question of winning with a certain amount of flair,” he said. “Everyone likes attacking football. We have a philosophy that says the game should be entertaining one.

“If you see the technical staff in front of me, and my appointment of Roberto, these are people who like the quality of the game and have a philosophy.”

Villas-Boas, who led Porto to a silverware treble in his first season in charge last term, was quick to once again shake off any comparisons between himself and former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

“I hope to be successful but this is not a one man show,” he continued. “It’s a question of raising the ambitions of everybody – the players, the staff that surrounds me – and I’ll take it from there.”

And he laughed off suggestions he could be regarded as the next ‘Special One’ at Stamford Bridge. He added: “Maybe I should be called ‘the group one’. I want to group people together and be successful. That’s my objective.”

Villas-Boas, who worked under Mourinho at Chelsea and Internazionale before taking the reigns at Porto, refused to be drawn on any possible transfer activity, preferring to wait until after he meets up with his squad for pre-season training on 6 July.

And the new Chelsea boss does not believe wholesale changes are required ahead of the new campaign – but he insists he will have no second thoughts about making use of the Blues’ considerable financial resources should he feel it necessary.

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“I don’t agree that the team falls short of quality,” he said. “I think we are up there. Minor changes can be done here and there in certain sectors.

“We are able to go for the best in the market when we want and this is an advantage that we have – we just need to make wise decisions.

“This is a club that everybody wants to play for, but the market is open until the 31 August and we just need to move quickly and bring the best quality players if we need it.”

Villas Boas also hailed John Terry’s leadership and confirmed the 30-year-old centre-half will keep the armband at Stamford Bridge as long as he continues to perform.

He added: “John is the captain of this club and for sure he will be captain for years. Most of the players in the dressing room see John as a leader who can motivate them to perform. John represents the successful history of this club and for sure it will continue to be like that.”

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