Gourlay impressed by Villas-Boas

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Andre Villas-Boas has already made a huge impression at Stamford Bridge and earned the respect of the Chelsea dressing room, reveals chief executive Ron Gourlay.

The decision to appoint the 33-year-old Portuguese tactician, despite his relative inexperience, was seen as a bit of a gamble by the Blues, as they sought a replacement for the outgoing Carlo Ancelotti.

But after just over two months at the helm, Villas-Boas' ideologies are already rubbing off on his players, who continued their impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign with a convincing 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday.

Apart from the defeat at the hands of reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United, Chelsea have excelled both domestically and in Europe, with their array of free-flowing, attack-minded football, bringing plenty of reason for optimism in west London this year.


Gourlay admits he has been impressed with the manager's work so far, and as attention now turns to Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash against Genk, the Chelsea chief has high hopes for another positive result.

"Andre has done a fantastic job since he came in," he said. "His attention to detail is phenomenal.

"He has the respect of the team. We are playing a different style of football, an attacking style. We're playing well and there are lots of new ideas."

Victory over the Belgian champions will maintain Chelsea's place at the top of their group, and in order to achieve that, Villas-Boas may recall the service of Fernando Torres, who is currently serving a domestic ban following his recent sending off, but is eligible for European competition.

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