On opening day against Stoke, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas went against the grain and started Torres leaving Drogba and Anelka on the bench.
It is assumed he wasn’t taking a chance on Torres, as taking a chance would infer the move was risky, therefore, Villas-Boas had faith in his striker. I liked him immediately.
The decision coming from the ex-Porto manager overturned criticism stuck to Ancelotti that even if Torres didn’t score, how was he expected to live up to that ridiculous price tag if he sat on the bench? Not only did Villas-Boas start everyone’s favorite no. 9, he left him on the pitch for the full match.
As fans and critics are losing faith in the aging Blues, the 33-year-old manager laced with acumen is making his mark on the club—as long as they continue to win.