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Chelsea boss knows how to motivate his players

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has discovered the ideal way to inspire his new charges to Barclays Premier League glory next season - by showing them a DVD of Manchester United's title celebrations last term.

Villas-Boas has certainly cut an impressive figure since he was appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor, making very clear to his Chelsea squad what he expects from them both on and off the pitch.

And now, according to The Mirror, the 33-year-old has attempted to inspire his players by making them sit through footage of United lifting an historic 19th league title.

Villas-Boas reportedly used similar tactics upon taking the hotseat at Porto a year ago; forcing players to take in images of arch-rivals Benfica's triumph the previous campaign.

This tactic clearly worked at the Estádio do Dragão, as Porto won a domestic treble and the Europa League, to put Villas-Boas firmly on the map.

The Portuguese will be hoping he can evoke a similar spirit at Chelsea in their quest to dethrone United, while Villas-Boas knows Sir Alex Ferguson's side will undoubtedly be the team to beat next season.

"I cannot be so arrogant as to think that all the things I've used to motivate my players were the things that made them tick," said Villas-Boas.




 

"We just need, as technical staff, to make the right moves. Maybe, though, that is a United photo or video, to show us how they've been successful.

"United are a reference point for us. That is pretty clear. They are a big, successful club, as this club was when Jose, Carlo and Guus were here, and [they are] the challenge we face next season.

"If we are going to provoke them in that way, that's for our technical staff to decide. Most of them might think it's rubbish and let's just play. That's the key.

"It's not us shouting from the technical area that decides the success. Let's free them on their decision-making and see how they respond to motivation and ambition. We are people who like to focus a lot of motivation and ambition."

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