New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas dismisses Jose Mourinho comparison

The Portuguese coach has revealed he is already been in contact with players from his new squad but has played down talk of following in the Ream Madrid coach's footsteps

Andres Villas-Boas has insisted he will not be a 'one man show' at Chelsea and maintains comparisons with former Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho are unavoidable.

The 33-year-old was bought out from his contract at Porto for £13.2 million and penned a three-year deal at the west London club.

Villa-Boas dismissed a career comparison to the current Real Madrid coach, a man he worked under at both Porto and Inter in a scouting capacity, and insists Chelsea hired him for his ability to develop a winning squad mentality.

“I think there is no way you can avoid comparison, it is something that is the interest of the media," he said.

“I didn't take the Porto job nor the Chelsea job because Jose made the same steps.

“Chelsea appointed me basically for human qualities and that is what I want to bring into this club again.

"I don't see the game as a one-man show, I see the game as the getting together of collective ideas and good players.

“They are two of the most sought-after clubs in the world and in the end I had the opportunity and was able to make them find something in me that they thought would continue their route to success.

“The most important thing is to motivate the players to get their ambitions right, to reflect again on what the club has achieved in the last six years and we need to keep this route to success."

When asked whether he had spoken to some of the players he has inherited, Villa-Boas admitted his personnel are eager to get the new season underway, after a trophyless campaign under Carlo Ancelotti.

“Yes, a couple of them and it is good to feel they are around and to feel their expectations,” Villas-Boas told the club's official website..

“Everybody is excited and everybody is looking forward to starting again and this is something positive.

“We need to get the group back together and to feel them and then go on from there and face every single game as a game we have to win and fight for it with our upmost desire."

Villa-Boas is aware of the expectation from his new employer, Roman Abramovich, and is targeting success at a club known for his turnover in the managerial ranks.

“Chelsea is a club that in the last six years has achieved so much and people are expecting us to be on the same way," he said.

“There is not going to be more or less tolerance for me if I am not successful so this is the challenge I face and I feel confident that we can motivate everybody, not only the players but also the structure.

“I feel confident I can respond to the ambitions of the supporters and the ambitions of the owner and the administration.”

Villas-Boas believes that he learned a lot from under the guidance of the late Sir Bobby Robson.

In 1994, the Chelsea boss was invited to work as a trainee with Porto's youth-team coaches by the former Newcastle United, Barcelona and PSV manager.

“Bobby was a very important person in my career,” he continued.

“He was the person who advised me at a very young age to go on coaching courses and unlocked the doors of Porto for me to have access to his training sessions.

“We had a very good relationship and he was someone I respected a lot and was respected in world football.

“He is somebody that means a lot to the English game and I think he would be happy of course.

“What he did, he did not only with me and Jose but with all different kinds of people, promoting them and inspiring them to take their own role and their own way.

"I think he would be extremely happy.”

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