What should Andre Villas-Boas do now he’s Chelsea boss?
Time to be less loveable?
Really, this question should be extremely simple to answer. He should gradually shape the team by bringing his own players in, gradually stamp his footballing identity on the team and Chelsea should gradually become the European-conquering side they’ve threatened to be for the past half-a-decade.
Unfortunately for Villas-Boas, there’s one word that’s been used three times in the above 45 that Roman Abramovich isn’t too keen on.
So, with that in mind, here’s The Spoiler’s guaranteed-to-work plan to get Chelsea back to the top…
Firstly, he needs to get rid of some players and get other ones in to replace them – something crazy like that.
We’d have a clear out of the deadwood – Paulo Ferreira, Yury Zhirkov and well… that’s about it. Then he should loan out the likes of Josh McEachran, Gael Kakuta and Ross Turnbull.
There’s not loads that needs doing in terms of quality – Lampard is the same age as his new boss but you’d back him to get at least 15 goals, Malouda will chip in and Torres WILL score 20 goals.
However, they seem a little bit stale and there’s very big Joao Moutinho-shaped hole in the middle of the park, while fellow Porto player Radamel Falcao will also give the Blues something extra up top.
We’d also learn David Luiz to defend properly and get rid of Didier Drogba.
On that bombshell…
Villas-Boas needs to get the arrogance back. Remember when Chelsea won everything? EVERYONE hated John Terry, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and even cuddly Frank Lampard. Now we’re all totally ‘meh’ about them.
Get them strutting, shouting and swearing. The hatred and trophies will follow.
Finally – and this might take a little longer – he should at least try to give Chelsea some sort of footballing identity.
Under Jose Mourinho (that’s 289 words before we mentioned him – The Spoiler double dares you to find an article that resists for longer) Chelsea were tight and won games by not conceding. It wasn’t the most thrilling of spectacles but everyone knew what was expected of them.
Since then a succession of managers have failed to really define Chelsea one way or another – are they the duck-arse-tight side they were under Mourinho or a swashbuckling attacking side? It doesn’t seem a major thing, but all great teams have one and it’s one of The Spoiler’s ‘things’.
So, that’s it. Those relatively simple and quick to implement things should have the Blues running away with the Premier League and losing to Barcelona in the Champions League final before you can say ‘this season’s performances have fallen short of expectations.’
What do you think? How wrong are we? Very? Yea, we know… Shout us down below – we’re genuinely very interested to know what people think about this…