AVB claims ‘radical change’

The Stamford Bridge club began the season with a high defensive

line, which appeared not to suit the likes of John Terry and was

ditched for the victory over Valencia at the start of December.

Returning to more accustomed, compact tactics appears to have

suited Chelsea, but Villas-Boas also claims to have made another

‘radical change’ in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham last week. “Now that

we have found our route, and at Spurs we played it to an extent

that was massive, it was an honour and a privilege to see this team

play football,” he said in The Independent. “For me, it’s all good

signs. Irrespective of what the result was, I think this is a

radical change in the way Chelsea play and I think it was fantastic

to see that we could do that and have the ability to play this

football.” Ahead of hosting West London derby rivals Fulham on

Boxing Day lunchtime, Chelsea sit 11 points behind Premier League

leaders Manchester City. Villas-Boas said of his team: “If you look

at the table, it’s a record-breaking Manchester City that is making

the difference. “If you look at the Premier League we are not far

from championship-winning numbers in terms of past seasons.”