CHELSEA captain John Terry has hailed Andre Villas-Boas’ communication skills, insisting the new Blues manager’s low-key manner has not stopped him getting his point across.
Language has been a decisive factor for the Portuguese’s predecessors, with Jose Mourinho the master of the barbed remark, Carlo Ancelotti benefiting from intensive lessons prior to his appointment and both Luiz Felipe Scolari and Claudio Ranieri struggling with English.
But while Mourinho made indulgent verbal posturing his calling card, his former scout and protege Villas-Boas prefers to keep his message succinct – and his skipper has been impressed.
“He won’t mumble on for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. It’s quite short, quite brief, but he covers everything, whether that be in training or in the team meetings,” Terry said.
“He’s come in and, really, from day one, he’s been on the ball and on the button with us all. So we’re all intrigued to see what he can bring over the next few weeks and the forthcoming season.”
Chelsea face Rangers on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly, before their Premier League campaign starts at Stoke on 14 August.