AVB wants an 'untouchable' team

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Andre Villas-Boas has challenged his Chelsea squad to make themselves "untouchable" as he looks to deliver Champions League glory.

The 33-year-old former Chelsea scout returned to Stamford Bridge as the man charged by Roman Abramovich with bringing European success, a feat he achieved at Porto in the Europa League last season. Villas-Boas, though, knows it will ultimately be down to his team to deliver on the pitch.

"Untouchable is a person who continuously performs at a high level," said Villas-Boas, set to make young Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois his first new signing.

"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."

Villas-Boas also sees no reason why the Champions League success which eluded predecessors Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti should not follow.

"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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