Andre Villas-Boas has expressed his satisfaction at the versatility shown by his players during pre-season, and believes their ability to play in a variety of different positions will be a huge benefit to Chelsea in the forthcoming campaign.

Fresh from Wednesday's 4-0 friendly victory over Kitchee in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas opted to deploy his team in an unfamiliar 4-2-3-1 formation, and he couldn't hide his delight at how they responded to the change in set-up.

"Their capacity to absorb new ideas and exploit the talent within themselves is very good, and some of them are doing it away from their natural positions," he said. "It is good to see the players are enjoying their games.

"The players' talent allows us to do this and it is also good for them to be challenged to play different ways. [But] the most important thing for us is to see that the players get enjoyment out of what they are doing." 

During his short tenure so far, Villas-Boas is already making a name for himself as something of a 'tinker man' - the label given to former Chelsea favourite Claudio Ranieri.




 

 

But the 33-year-old defended his tactical approach, and said that the fluid nature of the Blues line-up is something that can, and will be applied both domestically and in Europe in order to enhance the performance of the collective group. 

"We need these different kind of structures for the Premier League and it is not impossible that on Saturday we try another formation with two strikers," he continued. "But is not because you put another striker in attack that you become more attacking.

"It comes down to the dynamic of the team. We are just happy to see that the players are able to play in various positions."

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