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Andre Villas-Boas Steps Out Onto the Chelsea Pitch

Andre Villas-Boas

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked just a year after he had guided Chelsea to their first league and cup double.

Villas-Boas has stepped into Ancelotti’s shoes at Stamford Bridge. He sound ready to get started with this campaign’s challenges.

‘We need to be up there from the beginning and it is not one man against the other, it’s about trying to build something that can make us powerful, and help us threaten for the title as we have in the past.’

Villas-Boas said it was difficult 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 and we had a successful year.

‘It was difficult but everybody in this room will have felt the need for a new challenge and I felt it. 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.’

‘It’s not just a question of me taking on Sir Alex, it’s a top club like Chelsea challenging for the title,’ he said.

‘It’s not just a case of winning it’s a case of flair. Everyone likes attacking football and the Premier League has a certain amount of goals in every game and it should be an entertaining game for the fans and that is what we will look to do.’

‘The expectations are for the maximum. We want to win trophies, that is the challenge we face day by day in any business.

‘Everyone wants to be the best and win something and the challenge is to win as soon as possible and to build a platform for the future.

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