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Villas-Boas pleased with start

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Villas-Boas won't rest on his laurels. (©PAphotos)
Villas-Boas won't rest on his laurels. (©PAphotos).

Andre Villas-Boas reflects positively on Chelsea's start to the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League campaign, and is relatively happy with his first couple of months at the Stamford Bridge helm.

The Blues lie third in the table, three points behind joint leaders Manchester United and their neighbours City, and have made a promising start to their UEFA Champions League campaign, with four points from their first two fixtures.

Villas-Boas can also look forward to a Carling Cup 4th round clash with Everton, and will be looking to continue building momentum after five wins from their opening seven league games - with the only defeat coming at Old Trafford, at the hands of the reigning champions.

But despite the promising early-season record, the 33-year-old Portuguese tactician insists the results are no better than what you come to expect as a Chelsea fan, and warned the players must not let their standards slip.

"I think things have been going okay," Villas-Boas told the club's official website. "We had a good start up to the Old Trafford game where we had a good performance but were unlucky with the result.

"Bearing in mind the performance, normally with so many opportunities you come away with a win but it didn't go for us in the first half in terms of efficiency and the scoreline was difficult to recover at half-time.


 

"We are doing nothing else than what we need to do. We are expected to win every game and that's the challenge that we have. Some results have gone our way a little bit better and others haven't."

Villas-Boas points to the increased competition at the top of the Barclays Premier League as another reason why the Blues cannot afford to rest on their laurels, and says that this year's title race, as well as the hunt for UEFA Champions League qualification is wide open, due to the strengthening of sides previously outside the 'elite' group.

"The main difference from a couple of years ago is that there are much more teams competing for the Premier League title, and more teams are also competing for the Champions League spots," he added.

"I think money has a part to play, a lot of new players have come across for various teams. Tottenham look different from before, Liverpool the same, Stoke City will be a threat for the European places and Newcastle are back on top form."

The Blues boss has also quickly gone about making his own mark in west London since arriving in June, bringing in several new faces to the squad and introducing an exciting, winning brand of football.

"We have evolved in the different departments," Villas-Boas concluded. "The most important thing for us is to make the necessary judgements for the things that we need.

"The club has evolved naturally to an even more powerful club, a more powerful brand commercially, and is on the right track."

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