Chelsea Update, August 2011

Chelsea FC made it six wins out of six in their pre-season as they beat Aston Villa to win the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

New Chelsea boss, Andre Villas-Boas, has challanged his men to become “untouchable” in his bid to deliver a Champions League victory this season.

“There is plenty of talent in this squad. I want to believe the players can still find new things in them to exploit.

“It’s always them that offer to me rather than myself offering to them.”

Villas-Boas is talking to his side about his goal of evolution rather than revolution.

‘Untouchable is a person who continuously performs at a high level,’ said Villas-Boas.

‘Based on the trophies these players have won before and the success they have had, aren’t these the players you want in the end? Could be, no?

‘As long as people are able to perform in training and the expectations of the fans and to a level of performance that is high and enables them to be in the starting 11 continuously, I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen.

‘The most important thing for a leader is to be coherent in the decisions that he takes and it’s a principle I cannot let go.”

‘As long as people are able to perform to the highest level as top players, which they are, and the past also shows, then I have no problem with that.’

‘In the next years, for sure, the trophy will arrive in this club,’ Villas Boas said. ‘Chelsea have been in a couple of semi-finals and also one final in recent times. I don’t see why we can’t go on to win it.’

‘I have to keep the standards high. Any person who sits on the manager’s job at Chelsea is expected to win. I cannot run away from that.’

Villas-Boas achieved European glory at Porto in the Europa League last season. He want to bring the same glory to Chelsea – although European victory has eluded his predecessors Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Ancelotti.

“In the next years, for sure, the trophy will arrive in this club,” Villas Boas said.

“Chelsea have been in a couple of semi-finals and also one final in recent times. I don’t see why we can’t go on to win it.”

He added: “I have to keep the standards high. Any person who sits on the manager’s job at Chelsea is expected to win. I cannot run away from that.”

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