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Chelsea FC: Why Manager Andre Villas-Boas Has Been a Failure so Far

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2012

Chelsea FC: Why Manager Andre Villas-Boas Has Been a Failure so Far

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    The arrival of Romelu Lukaku, dubbed as the "Next Didier Drogba", was greeted with much hoopla. The signing of the highly-rated Belgian was seen as a step towards infusing youth into an ageing squad.

    But since his arrival last June, the skilled youngster has only managed four appearances in a Chelsea jersey.

    His handling of Josh McEachran too has been very poor. The highly-talented youngster has been seen as the ideal replacement for Frank Lampard. But with only thirteen minutes of playing time so far this season it seems Villas-Boas is really not interested in building for the future.

    The loan move for Josh could work wonders as it did for Daniel Sturridge but if Villas-Boas sticks with his decision to play his old pawns over and over again without taking any risk, then Chelsea are likely to lose a real gem.

    Villas-Boas had promised to revolutionize the ageing-Chelsea squad with young blood but six months in,  he hasn't kept his promises, with the exception of Sturridge, who has kept the first-team place with his brilliant form.

    Villas-Boas still relies on the old warhorses to keep his squad in the title race and that is in no way a revolution.

He Has Failed to Take Command of the Dressing Room

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    When Villas-Boas arrived the first question that crossed through a Blue was "Can he take control of the dressing room?"

    Many considered him too young for the job. In a squad that has players almost as his age or even older grabbing control over the dressing room is surely a very tough job. Luiz Felipe Scolari attributed his sack as Chelsea boss to his falling out with the senior players.

    Even though he has consistently stated that he will get his way in the club, Villas-Boas has so far failed to earn the respect of his senior players anywhere near to his predecessors, Ancelotti or Mourinho.

    Though Terry and other senior players have backed their young manager so far, if Villas-Boas fails to get the dressing room under his control his first season might turn out to be his last.

The Methods Are Yet to Sow Any Fruit

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    The primary reason seen for Abramovich paying over the odds to bring Andre Villas-Boas to Chelsea was his attacking and free-flowing tactics. The highly-rated manager had helped Porto complete a hugely successful season playing a very attractive style of football similar to that of Barcelona.

    But since his arrival, Villas-Boas has not been able to employ his concepts with the team play. Chelsea are still playing in their usual slow build-up style of play.

    Villas-Boas had brought in players such as Meireles, Mata, etc who are capable of playing his free-flowing style but the team as a whole has yet to play fast and attacking football.

    Villas-Boas's promise to deliver entertaining football was also seen as the one thing that could help Torres get back his scoring form. But with half the season completed there is yet to be any visible signs of change in squad's style of play.

The Team Is Far from Being Revolutionized

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    The arrival of Romelu Lukaku, dubbed as the "Next Didier Drogba", was greeted with much hoopla. The signing of the highly-rated Belgian was seen as a step towards infusing youth into an ageing squad.

    But since his arrival last June, the skilled youngster has only managed four appearances in a Chelsea jersey.

    His handling of Josh McEachran too has been very poor. The highly-talented youngster has been seen as the ideal replacement for Frank Lampard. But with only thirteen minutes of playing time so far this season it seems Villas-Boas is really not interested in building for the future.

    The loan move for Josh could work wonders as it did for Daniel Sturridge but if Villas-Boas sticks with his decision to play his old pawns over and over again without taking any risk, then Chelsea are likely to lose a real gem.

    Villas-Boas had promised to revolutionize the ageing-Chelsea squad with young blood but six months in,  he hasn't kept his promises, with the exception of Sturridge, who has kept the first-team place with his brilliant form.

    Villas-Boas still relies on the old warhorses to keep his squad in the title race and that is in no way a revolution.

Villas-Boas Has No Say in the Club's Transfer Policy

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    One thing that no manager has achieved at Chelsea in the Abramovich era is control on club policy.

    Starting from the days of Claudio Ranieri to the recent Villas-Boas, the Blues owner has always kept a firm hold on the club's transfer policy and regular handling of affairs.

    It was Roman's control over transfer policy that brought in Shevchenko against Mourinho's wish which ultimately resulted in the end of Chelsea's most successful era.

    Again it was Roman's desires at work when Chelsea bought Fernando Torres from Liverpool in the last winter transfer window, a signing that then-manager Carlo Ancelotti had nothing to do with.

    So when Villas-Boas arrived at Chelsea eyes were on the young manager to see whether he could impose his authority on player policies and decide which players come and go.

    But as seen in this year's transfer window, Villas-Boas's inability to have his say in the club's transfer policy was evident when the Portuguese tactician expressed his ignorance of the signing of Kevin De Bruyne.

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