No, I'm not talking about a playing career, although that is a something that Andre Villas-Boas didn't possess. I found a quote from interim Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo during his press conference today really interesting - he was discussing how he deals with players who are frustrated with coming off or not playing at all, referring specifically to a conversation he had with Fernando Torres when he substituted the striker during the 2-1 loss to Manchester City:
I understand that the players are sometimes not happy to come off. Maybe they need a little bit of explanation and that can happen after the game as well - that's not a problem. I did speak to Didier, too, yes - and to many other players. He was obviously not happy but okay.
Source: Sky Sports.
One of the major criticisms of the previous regime is that Villas-Boas apparently refused to give any explanation of his decisions to players, leaving them to stew rather than sitting down and going over why they were left out or pulled off the pitch. Players like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and even Fernando Torres are senior enough that they deserve explanations as to what's going on, and I trust everyone on the team to be committed to doing the right things for the team - if it's explained to them.
I'm very glad that's what di Matteo is doing. Having everyone on the same page will be vital if Chelsea are to finish in the top four this season.