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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Andre - It's not about me

Villas-Boas hungry for success after taking charge of Chelsea

Last Updated: June 22, 2011 8:19pm
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Villas-Boas: Playing down expectations but is determined to bring success to Chelsea

Sky Bet

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the significance of his arrival at Stamford Bridge but believes the Blues can build on their past achievements with him at the helm.
The appointment of Villas-Boas on a three-year deal was confirmed on Wednesday morning after the Londoners agreed to pay a reported £13.3million to release him from his Porto contract.
Chelsea described the 33-year-old as the 'outstanding candidate for the job' and 'one of the most talented young managers in football today', having enjoyed great success in his native Portugal.
However, Villas-Boas, who has been likened to compatriot and former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, used his first interview as manager to stress the importance of the team rather than the individual.
"Don't expect something from one man," he told Chelsea TV.
"Expect us to create a group dynamic of everybody getting together, with the fans getting together, with people getting excited with the motivation that is in and around us.
"In the new way of communicating and the new leadership - this is the most important thing.
"It is not about my arrival. It is about the continuous success of this club."


Villas-Boas worked as part of Mourinho's backroom team at Chelsea and is aware of the strides they have made over the past few years.
He is now looking to keep them moving in the right direction and has assured fans that he has the ambition to make the club great.
"Let's reflect on the success of the past six years at this club and what we have achieved and now what we can achieve in the next six years again," he added.
"There is no doubt that the challenge for me is to keep winning.
"I am an individual who has that hunger for success and I want to keep it that way."