Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that his age and relative inexperience in management has made it difficult for him to force his ideas into the Blues squad, ESPN
The pressure is mounting on the former Porto manager, who Chelsea paid a huge sum of money for in the summer, with the Blues 12 points away from league leaders Manchester City. Chelsea are still trying to hold on to a Champions League place and senior players such as Petr Cech have already dismissed the club’s chances of winning the title. Villas-Boas has revealed that he struggles to sometimes take control of the dressing room, but is not afraid to upset some people to get his way eventually.
Villas-Boas said: ‘Because of my age and my lack of a professional playing background, I could never be dictatorial. I therefore let the players have a certain amount of input into decisions regarding the way we play and how the team is run. Also, when we talk about the well-being of a group, I encourage the players to participate in the decisions affecting their professional life.’
‘For example, at Porto I would discuss with the players the starting time of the training or the need for rest days. I try to be an open-minded leader and to respect people. You must build a two-way relationship, even over any decision-making about arrangements or actions in the game. Naturally, as the coach I make the final decisions though and if I have to upset a couple of people, then so be it’, Villas-Boas added.
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