English Premiership

Villas-Boas need Blues to fire

2011-10-14 11:23
Andre Villas-Boas (File)

London - Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has called on his team to shake off the after-effects of the international break and maintain their recent good form against Everton on Saturday.

The Blues turned on the style to record heavy victories over Swansea and Bolton in their last two games, and Villas-Boas is keen for his team to maintain that momentum against the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge.

"The most important thing when an international break happens is for you to get into winning mode straight away," Villas-Boas said.

"I don't think it really breaks a winning streak because it's the nature of the calendar and you cannot avoid it, but you have to get into winning mode straight away."

Everton have proved to be awkward opponents for Chelsea in recent seasons and have not lost a league match at Stamford Bridge since 2006, recording five consecutive draws.

"Everton is looking for the sixth game unbeaten coming to the Bridge. We have to be alert and it is going to be a hard battle," Villas-Boas cautioned.

"Everton were on a very good run in my opinion, they lost against Liverpool but had they won they would be up challenging for the top with one game in hand.

"So they are in a good situation and once again proving that (manager) David Moyes's work is something fantastic."

Saturday's match will also be the first opportunity for Chelsea's fans to give a large-scale show of support - or opposition - to proposals to move the club to a new purpose-built 60 000-capacity stadium.

So far the plans have met with a lukewarm response, but Villas-Boas has urged fans to take encouragement from the experience of his former club Porto eight years ago.

"When Porto left the old stadium to go into the new stadium - the Dragao - nobody liked the name, nobody liked the site, nobody liked the stadium, and nobody liked the idea of moving," said Villas-Boas.

"Because the historic presence of the old stadium on that site meant something enormous for the fans but if you go back to Porto now, there is not one single person who remembers the old stadium.

"Everybody is in love with the new stadium. It's a beautiful stadium, it's a magnificent site and everybody is happy with the move.

"Because it took us into the future, brought us more revenue in the end, and made us play in a magnificent stadium."

Moyes is likely to deploy a defensive formation as striker Victor Anichebe remains on the sidelines with a groin problem.

That is likely to see Tim Cahill, the Australia international, used as a lone forward, a role he carried out to good effect in similar circumstances at Manchester City in September.

Everton stifled Roberto Mancini's expensively-assembled team for three quarters of that match before being beaten 2-0 and Cahill claimed his team-mates enjoy nothing better than attempting to upset the odds.

"When we are up against it we seem to shine a bit and try and fight our way out of a corner - the main thing for us it to keep the unity and keep the strength on the pitch," he said.

"We need to have the determination and grit to go to a place like Chelsea and get the right result. We know they've been banging in the goals left, right and centre but we need to focus on our strengths.

"It's exciting - Chelsea are one of the biggest teams in the country if not the world and for us it's a great challenge to go there and put in a great performance."

Read more on:    epl  |  andre villas-boas
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
13 February 2016
Sunderland v Manchester United, Stadium of Light 14:45
Norwich City v West Ham United, Carrow Road 17:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park 17:00
Swansea City v Southampton, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Watford, Selhurst Park 17:00
Bournemouth v Stoke City, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Newcastle United, Stamford Bridge 19:30
14 February 2016
Arsenal v Leicester City, Emirates Stadium 14:00
Aston Villa v Liverpool, Villa Park 16:05
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 18:15
27 February 2016
West Ham United v Sunderland, Boleyn Ground 14:45
Stoke City v Aston Villa, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Norwich City, King Power Stadium 17:00
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Watford v Bournemouth, Vicarage Road 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace, The Hawthorns 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.