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Blues boss believes that he will not be drawn into a battle of wits outside football, insisting that a non-confrontational personality will stand him in good stead with his rivals

New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas does not intend to be drawn into managerial mind games with his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scot has been known to get under his opponents' skin and also has a reputation for using the media to his advantage.

But the former Porto boss believes he will not fall prey to the veteran manager's off-field tactics, explaining that he has a non-confrontational personality and insisting that it is not about scoring psychological points off other managers as much as the Blues competing to win the Premier League.

"I have the utmost respect for Sir Alex. I'm not a confrontational guy," Villas-Boas told The Daily Star Sunday.

"It's not just a question of me taking on Sir Alex or the other Premier League managers.

"It's a question of a top club like Chelsea challenging for the title again.

"Last year, we ended on a very good run to threaten for the title in the last couple of games. I want us to be up there at the beginning."

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