Andre Villas-Boas said this week that he is creating a new style of football for the Chelsea squad, with the manager clearly holding the aim of recreating an unstoppable Barcelona-esque side.
It’s a big goal for the 34-year-old to set, who was a risky and possibly odd choice by Roman Abramovich as successor to Carlo Ancelotti last summer.
When Villas-Boas took over the role, he was accused of being too young and inexperienced to handle the big egos and expectations that come with being in the managerial position at Chelsea.
And now, just five months on, as the Blues continue to impress on both the English and European stage, Villas-Boas is considering the possibility of a long term plan to build a side at Chelsea, a concept that hasn’t been even close to realisation during Roman Abramovich’s seven-year-long ownership of the club.
Villas-Boas is clearly trying to find a balance between winning trophies immediately and building a team with a sustainable future, telling reporters: "Having, and building, a team that plays good football is important. There has to be a level of entertainment. But the trophy cabinet is something that is more visible.
"How we achieve that is valuable and respectful. But what is expected of me is to win trophies.
"I wouldn't forgive myself if I missed the opportunity to win major trophies at this club."
Abramovich expected big things out of Ancelotti, to the point where after the Chelsea manager won the FA Cup/Barclays Premier League double for the first time in the club’s history, he was ousted for being trophyless the following year.
The Blues owner is clearly in the market for a Champions League trophy, and he wants it right now, which made his decision to appoint Villas-Boas to the managerial post even more curious, with the former Porto man having never managed a CL game.
But Villas-Boas is now looking a little more likely to push Abramovich to keep him around for at least a little longer than those who have failed before him. Will he change the owner’s philosophy on immediate success? Or has he already done so by convincing the Russian to hire him in the first place?
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