Chelsea to play with 'freedom'

Image: Andre Villas-Boas: Currently the youngest manager in the Premier League

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he will hand his new crop of players the initiative to play their own game.

Villas-Boas does not believe in dictating player movement

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he will hand his new crop of players the initiative to play their own game. Chelsea's appointment of the former Porto manager has raised a few eyebrows with the Portuguese becoming the Premier League's youngest manager at just 33. Just over eight months separate Villas-Boas from the club's vice-captain and talisman Frank Lampard, sparking concerns the new manager may struggle to gain command of his squad. Villas-Boas, a former assistant to Blues favourite Jose Mourinho, has moved to quash such opinions, though, suggesting he will allow Chelsea to play with the freedom he feels a successful team requires. "I'm no dictator," he told The Sunday Mirror. "I encourage freedom of choice in football.

Unpredictable

"Players can only achieve their true potential if they are not shackled and are able to stand on their own two feet. "Creativity in my players is important. I love the unpredictable part of the game. "I strongly believe that players have to express themselves to their full potential, they must be able to make choices during the game." Villas-Boas accepts that negative reports regarding his age were inevitable, but he insists he would never have taken the job if he did not feel he could be a success. He added "I have expectations and want to look back on a career I can be proud of. I want success. "I want to win championships, I want to explore other leagues and embrace different social and cultural behaviour. "This job is all I ever wanted. I accept people may view it as a gamble employing someone so young, but if I didn't believe I could succeed what is the point?"

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