Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Villas-Boas vows to bring 'flair' to Chelsea
New manager André Villas-Boas vowed to bring an attack-minded philosophy to Stamford Bridge when he faced the English media for the first time this morning. “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 (Di Matteo - announced earlier), 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, was quick to once again shake off any comparisons between himself and former Blues boss José Mourinho. “I hope to be successful but this is not a one man show. It’s a question of raising the ambitions of everybody - the players, the staff that surrounds me - and I’ll take it from there.” He also 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 Inter 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. 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 said: “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.”
He also spoke of how tough a decision it was for him to leave Porto after securing four trophies in his first season in charge, and revealed that they had been prepared to match Chelsea's financial offer in an effort to keep him. "It was a difficult separation and there are a lot of Portuguese press in this room who know the extent of my move and the impact it had. It was felt very hard in Portugal but my commitment to them was 100 per cent. Porto is my club and always will be, I felt good there, we had a crazy year of success but I felt that I could challenge myself (more at Chelsea). It was a lucrative move and I can assure you Porto were able to beat their offer. They were to make an offer for me to stay but I took the (Chelsea) offer, against the will of my family."