John Terry says that the Chelsea squad have improved since Andre Villas-Boas took over the managerial position in June, with the skipper hoping that the Stamford Bridge club keeps hold of their manager for the long term.
Over the past eight years since Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea, the club have spent nearly £70 million in manager exit fees. John Terry himself has played under nine managers since joining the Blues in 1998, and when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked this summer for missing out on a trophy, many questioned whether Abramovich held too high expectations when choosing a manager for the club.
And Terry said that while Villas-Boas has only been in the position for a few months, his plans are clearly for the long term benefit of the club as well as the short term, and hopefully the former Porto manager will be given time to make those objectives happen.
"I have been really impressed with the importance he puts on training sessions," Terry said of Villas-Boas. "Usually in pre-season, we just run. But from the very first day, he showed us how he wanted us to play.
"He wants us to press, play high up the pitch, putting more pressure onto the opposition. He says it will take time and matches for it to work."
Terry said that Villas-Boas' future is in the owner's hands, and while the manager has ambitions for this season, he has clearly made moves to demonstrate that the future is on his mind as well as the present.
"It depends on Roman Abramovich. It is obvious that he wants to win the Champions League," he continued. "But for the manager, he wants to win the Premier League and the Champions League, that's his objective this season.
"Appointments such as Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Holland show that he is thinking about the long term."
Florent Malouda also backed up Terry's claims, with the France international insisting that consistency will be the key to creating a dynasty at Chelsea.
He added: "I like the new manager and hope he sticks around. I've had four or five since I've been here. We need consistency."
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