Eight months ago Andre Villas-Boas’ management of Chelsea was ended by Roman Abramovich. Since then many have discussed the mistakes AVB made during that time. But was it all that bad? I look at 5 positive of AVB’s time at Chelsea.
1. Altering the football style
AVB was going to create a revolution at Chelsea named ‘the project’. One part of this plan was to change the football Chelsea played from the counter-attacking style used by Mourinho and the ‘anti-football’ used by Hiddink in the Champions League against Barca. Although it didn’t work, Chelsea has since started playing more impressive football, the groundwork for which was put in place by AVB.
2. Squad age
Another aspect of AVB’s project was to reduce the age of the squad. He attempted to achieve this by replacing the ‘old guard’ with younger players. Unfortunately for AVB he attempted to change too much too soon, but he was right to bring younger players into the first team, such as Sturridge.
It was through the transfer market that AVB attempted to reduce his squad’s age. He let ageing talent depart, such as Anelka and Alex, and brought in younger players like Romeu (from Barca), Lukaku (from Anderlecht), Mata (from Valencia) and Cahill (from Bolton). Mata and Cahill have since become key players in Chelsea’s squad.
4. Uniting players
Due to his inability to control the egos in the dressing room, AVB unintentionally united the players. Although the players were not united to the manager, they were united to each other. Chelsea has avoided the problems faced by other clubs in recent years, like arguing amongst the players.
Once AVB was fired from his position his assistant, Robert Di Matteo took over. If it wasn’t for AVB, RDM never would have lead Chelsea to the FA Cup final, Champions League final or taken over as first-team manager. This is the best positive of AVB’s management of Chelsea.
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