AVB could be the new Special One, says Terry

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John Terry suggests that after looking past the inevitable comparisons between the Chelsea of old and new - or, more specifically former manager Jose Mourinho and the recently appointed Andre Villas-Boas - that there may be more similarities between the charismatic Portuguese pair than perhaps first meets the eye.

The Blues skipper has revealed he has already noticed some familiar traits in the new boss in the build up to the new Barclays Premier League season, which starts in earnest with an away trip to Stoke City on Sunday.

Terry says there are two sides to Villas-Boas, a light-hearted, almost jovial persona, but also a much more serious, even sinister approach when needed.

"Jose didn't like anyone getting close to the players, his own staff, his personal staff or masseurs," he told the Sun.

"We had a good relationship with him but there were days you wouldn't have gone near him.

"You could have a laugh and a joke with Jose and that could change the following day. Andre is very much the same now as a manager.

"Clearly he's learned from Jose and there are certain things where you think that is very Mourinho-esque."


Villas-Boas of course worked as part of Mourinho's backroom staff during his time at Stamford Bridge, assisting him at FC Porto prior to his arrival in west London, and Inter Milan after, before moving into management himself - back where it first began for his predecessor, in Portugal.

"We have to pay him respect and realise what he achieved at Porto," continued Terry. "I know our Portuguese lads talked to some of the Porto players and they spoke very highly of him. He deserves our respect.

"Jose really took everything when he was here and Andre wasn't given the freedom to be able to do what he's doing now.

"But he has confidence in himself and when he tells you something he firmly believes it and he gets that across 100 per cent the right way.

"He makes you believe that what he's talking about is right. His whole demeanour and his attitude is second to none."

Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, with Villas-Boas putting faith in the squad of players he has inherited which, according to Terry is no bad thing at all, as it keeps everybody on their toes ahead of the season opener this weekend.

"It's a fresh start for everyone," he concluded. "We've had to come in and prove ourselves, even though he watched every game last year and he knows a lot of the players anyway.

"He said anyone can lose their place so we all came in fighting for our places and we're all keen to see what the starting XI is going to be."

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