Chelsea should emulate Barca: Villas-Boas

Published: Oct 19, 2011, 08:34 IST | AFP

Andre Villas-Boas has challenged Chelsea's players to fulfill his dream of winning the Champions League with the same flair as current holders Barcelona.

Andre Villas-Boas has challenged Chelsea's players to fulfill his dream of winning the Champions League with the same flair as current holders Barcelona.


Andre Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas, whose side host Genk in the Champions League tonight, is a confirmed admirer of Barcelona's flowing football and convinced Blues owner Roman Abramovich to hire him after building a free-scoring Porto team along similar lines to the Spanish champions.

Villas-Boas said: "When I became a manager I got excited with an idea for how football should be played.
"Barcelona has set new standards for the way the game is played. They are the benchmark for modern football."

Villas-Boas believes Chelsea's collection of highly-paid superstars are willing to buy into his system, which encourages individual expression within a disciplined structure.

"In the match routines players are relating better with each other. I'm not sure this is new. It is player talent expressed through the team," he added.

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Barcelona vs Plzen  
* AC Milan vs BATE
* Leverkusen vs Valencia 
* Olympiacos vs Dortmund 
* Shakhtar vs Zenit
* Porto vs Apoel Nicosia

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