Andre Villas-Boas came to England as one of the most sought after managers in Europe. We all know what happened next, so how will he change Tottenham?
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Fernando Torres started the season off well under Andre Villas-Boas and looked to have turned the corner. However, after Torres was sent off against Swansea, he has rarely come back on the pitch again this season and Didier Drogba is now the prefereed man up front, but one factor seems to have been overlooked..
Frank Lampard had to accept a reduced role for England in their last international, with Fabio Capello relegating the former starter to the bench. Last weekend, as Chelsea went to Old Trafford and were 3-0 down by half time, the introduction of Nicolas Anelka for Chelsea’s number 8, saw the Blues up their game, looking a better side in the second half. So, at 33-years old, should Andre Villas-Boas consider giving Frank Lampard a reserve role for Chelsea too?
Andre Villas-Boas was Chelsea’s most expensive transfer of the summer before Juan Mata came to the Bridge. The former Porto manager, who has been oft compared to Jose Mourinho, is now blazing his own trail, and it’s been a pretty successful one so far.
I liked the way Andre Villas-Boas managed Porto and believe he will bring success to Chelsea through his philosophy. There are two things he has shown already which I like, but one thing that I do not.
Chelsea have been looking for a midfield playmaker to bring some creativity to the centre of the park since Andre Villas-Boas took over at Stamford Bridge.
They have batted their eyelids several times at Luka Modric, who was interested in the Blues calling, but Spurs have fended off two bids for the Croatian star. They have also more recently been linked with Juan Mata of Valencia, but the two clubs are at least £5million apart in their valuations. So with that in mind, where could Chelsea go to find a player who can make the midfield tick?
Step forward Yoann Gourcuff, the French midfielder is currently recovering from ankle surgery, but the man who was nicknamed the ‘new Zidane’ as a teenager in France could be the answer to Chelsea’s central conundrum.
Fernando Torres scored just 1 goal in 18 appearances for Chelsea last season, looking like a pale shadow of the man who had lit up the Premier League in his first two seasons at Liverpool.
With 89 minutes at Stoke on Sunday, Fernando Torres was looking like some of his swagger had returned. Even though there was no end product, there were signs that ‘El Toro’ was getting back to his best…
It all kicks-off again on Saturday, so it’s time for some Premier League predictions. Time to boldly put my neck on the line and declare who will win the Premier League title and who will finish in the Champions League places. The task is harder than ever this season with Man Utd re-tooling, Liverpool re-emerging and Man City respected as legitimate title contenders.
So, here goes with my Premier League predictions for the top four:
In 1994, a 16-year old Andre Villas-Boas was the boy who reportedly put a note under then Porto manager Sir Bobby Robson’s door, criticising him for not playing striker Domingos Paciencia. Seventeen years on, and as we get ready for the new season, will he now need to make a manly decision with the struggling Fernando Torres?
Torres has made 18 appearances for Chelsea last season, scoring only 1 goal, so will Villas-Boas need to take a dose of his own medicine, which will mean that ‘El Torro’ slides down the Stamford Bridge pecking order? Chelsea have been linked with Brazilian ace Neymar and also Falcao from Villas-Boas’s former club Porto, so should Torres be worried?
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