AVB - No Bridge fear factor
Andre Villas-Boas does not believe there is a fear factor at Stamford Bridge and questions whether there ever was, even under Jose Mourinho.
Last Updated: 24/02/12 8:42am
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas does not believe there is a fear factor at Stamford Bridge and questions whether there ever was, even under Jose Mourinho.
The Blues have been anything but imperious on home soil this season in Premier League action with seven wins, two draws and three defeats ahead of Saturday's visit of Bolton Wanderers.
The Blues have lost to Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa and Villas-Boas believes any psychological concern for teams visiting Stamford Bridge is absent.
Chelsea fans enjoyed unparalleled home form during Mourinho's tenure with the club going an impressive 60 league outings without defeat.
While Villas-Boas has admitted it was a difficult place for teams to come under the now Real Madrid boss, he thinks the threat of some other Premier League grounds was missing.
"There is no fear factor at the Bridge. I don't know if there ever was," Villas-Boas said.
"There is a fear factor at a couple of grounds in this country - Anfield and Old Trafford.
"It was a difficult place to come under Jose Mourinho but there is no fear factor of emotion."
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas admits it would be an honour to meet Rafa Benitez even though the former Liverpool boss has been mentioned as his possible successor.
Benitez's agent labelled the reports as 'media speculation' on Thursday and despite question marks over his future the ex-Porto man remains eager to meet the Spaniard.
"It would be an honour for me (to meet him)," continued the 34-year-old boss. "I have no problem with that.
"We share a common friend but I have never met him. We were going to have dinner three or four months ago but we didn't.
"It would be fantastic to have dinner with him. He is one of the most successful managers in world football."