Andre Villas-Boas Insists The 'Player-Power' Days At Chelsea Are Over

Young Portuguese coach claims the Blues' stars know who is in charge, but he does not believe in confrontation and eyes a potentially important win against Everton in title race

Despite having relatively little managerial experience, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists that the days of player-power at Stamford Bridge are over.

Villas-Boas has just celebrated his second anniversary as a manager, and although he may lack the breadth of experience of former Chelsea managers, he believes his calm approach can bring success.  

"I don't believe in arguing and revolting to find a way of going forward. I think the common cause present in any team is its objectives, in titles and success.

"Regarding the way that people take their leadership style, I'm not that kind of person. That's not to say that style doesn't get results, because it has in the past, but I don't believe in that. It's just a different style.

"I think we are all part of a team. We will get together when we have to, when we have something to say to each other.

"The players are the decisive part of the game so their voices must always be heard in a group situation but with the leaders and the technical staff present, because it's always a sharing of common ideas, in my opinion."

Chelsea have enjoyed a good start to the season, but find themselves behind the two Manchester clubs. However, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men travelling to Anfield this weekend, Villas-Boas says his side must capitalise on any possible slip-up.

"I believe it's important, if other teams drop points, that we win ours.

"If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen but it can be an important stimulus.

"Over the next two weeks, when Premier League contenders [will be] playing against each other, so the other teams have to make the most of it.

"We have difficult games in Everton and QPR, but we will try to get six points and do that."

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