Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Players to meet backroom staff at Cobham

André Villas-Boas will address his Chelsea first-team squad for the first time tomorrow and stress a belief that he and his newly assembled backroom staff can draw 'something extra' even from experienced players who have enjoyed glittering careers to bolster the club's challenge for silverware next season. The players, with the exception of Ramires and David Luiz who are competing with Brazil at the Copa América in Argentina, are due back at Cobham to begin preparations for the new campaign and will be welcomed by their new backroom personnel. Villas-Boas intends to call a team meeting where he will introduce his No2 Roberto Di Matteo, the physical fitness coach, José Mário Rocha, and the opposition scout, Daniel Sousa, all newly arrived or restored to the club, together with Steve Holland, promoted from reserve team coach, and explain to the players what duties each of his technical staff will undertake. The 33-year-old's message will echo the philosophy outlined last week when he was formally unveiled as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Stamford Bridge and this club's seventh manager in eight years.

source: The Guardian

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