Andre Villas-Boas confident he can handle the pressure of being Chelsea manager ahead of trip to Stoke City

New Blues boss is not too worried about expectations the Stamford Bridge job brings as he prepares to make his managerial debut in the Premier League
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he is able to handle the pressure and expectations that lie on his shoulders.

The 33-year-old is the youngest boss in the Premier League and knows he will have to bear the burden criticism - particularly concerning his age and experience - should things go wrong this season.

But the Portuguese tactician, who is the youngest ever manager to win a European trophy - the Europa League - insists the situation was exactly the same at his former club Porto.

"I have to live up to the expectations," Villas-Boas said on the Blues' official website.

"I wouldn't take the job if I was unable to live with a certain amount of pressure. Pressure comes from being unsuccessful. If you are successful, there is a certain amount of flexibility.

"But that doesn't mean there isn't any pressure because there is your own pressure to continue on your winning line.

"I cannot prepare myself for failure. Hopefully it will never happen, but preparing for failure is putting yourself on route to failure."

Chelsea begin their league campaign with a tough away day at Stoke City, with Manchester United being the only team from last season's top four to have taken three points at the Britannia Stadium.

The Blues boss then focused on the threat that the Potters pose during set-plays, particularly on the Rory Delap and his throw-ins.

"I have no problem with it; I just have to get my squad to deal with it," said Villas-Boas.

"It's been one of the massive weapons of Delap throughout his life, when he was at Southampton it was the same. So there is nothing new, we just have to adapt.

"He really can create you problems but there are ways to defend and organise your team to defend against these situations."