Villas-Boas defends antics

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Andre Villas-Boas claims he could not care less if his touchline antics provoke Manchester United fans on Sunday.

The Portuguese prodigy looks every bit the fresh-faced 33-year-old when he patrols his technical area, his idiosyncrasies including crouching down on the touchline while delivering instructions to his players. It is just the sort of thing that is bound to spark a reaction from United supporters when Chelsea travel to Old Trafford for Sunday's crunch showdown.

"I really don't care," Villas-Boas said. "It's just the nature of living the game and the passion I'm feeling for the game. Sometimes I'm a little more laid back and sometimes more frenetic as the game also gets more frenetic."

Villas-Boas' antics have already been the subject of a humorous video tribute.

The former Porto boss laughed: "I've seen it a couple of times - my staff make me watch it.

"Last year I had a tendency to run on the touchline of Porto's technical area.

"Nothing I do transfers to the pitch, the players are so concentrated on their tasks they aren't looking what their manager is doing.

"It's just the way I live the game.

"Eventually, I will learn to live it in a different way - maybe I will learn to live it in a quieter way."

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