I really don’t care about the other results, says Chelsea’s Villas-Boas
Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas insists he is not interested in this weekend's other results ahead of Blues' trip to Norwich City
André Villas-Boas has told his Chelsea players to focus on Saturday’s trip to Norwich City and forget about other results ahead of a weekend of high-profile Premier league clashes.
The Blues make the trip to Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime knowing a win would take them to within three points of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur before Harry Redknapp’s men travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on league leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal then host second-placed Manchester United later on Sunday – but the Chelsea boss has reminded his players that those games will be rendered meaningless for the Blues if they fail to win their own game on Saturday.
“At the moment I would turn my focus only towards Norwich and I really don’t care about what happens in the other games,” Villas-Boas told a news conference on Thursday. “First, we have to find our consistency and that can be better if we get the win against Norwich. That’s the most important thing.
“It doesn’t matter to play before the others if we don’t do our job. We have to do our job properly, which is to win. At the moment we focus on every weekend and then we see.
“There’s no point in continuing to [talk about title] aspirations when you have to get the consistency right. It’s possible, we believe it and I think the players share this feeling and ambition for the title because they also feel it.”
Villas-Boas admitted he may not hand Gary Cahill his first Chelsea start against Norwich but said that the England centre-half has impressed in training since him £7m move from Bolton Wanderers earlier this week.
“It was a positive, good integration,” continued the Chelsea boss. “We saw all of his natural technical abilities plus his defensive capacities as well. I think he adapted quite well. It’s a welcoming sign for the club and it’s good to have him on board.
“In the process of a player’s arrival there are adaptation issues that you have to take into account regarding the dynamics of the group. Not that Gary doesn’t have this capacity, but we have to make the best option for the team.”
Asked if a John Terry-Cahill partnership was likely to become his first-choice defensive pairing, the Portuguese coach replied: “I don’t have a first choice or rotation policy. I choose the best for the team.”