Andres Villas-Boas Targets European Glory

Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas has vowed to bring Champions League glory to Stamford Bridge.Andres Villas-Boas

Roman Abramovich is determined to witness Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy under his ownership after seeing Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti all fail.

The Blues came closest to being crowned kings of Europe under Grant when they reached the final in 2008, only to be defeated on penalties by Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Villas-Boas took over at the helm this summer, succeeding Ancelotti, and is confident the Blues have the potential to claim club football’s top prize, which is currently held by Spanish giants Barcelona.

Speaking from Malaysia on the club’s pre-season tour, he said: “In the next years, for sure, the trophy will arrive in this club.

“Chelsea have been in a couple of semi-finals and also one final in recent times. I don’t see why we can’t go on to win it.”

Villas-Boas intends to have a thorough look at his squad during Chelsea’s tour of Asia, which begins with a meeting against a Malaysia XI on Thursday.

He said: “We need to get the most information possible (during the tour). By the time we go to the market, we will know the kind of players we want. Hopefully we can do the deal that we want.

“I will use all 26 of my players in the tour and we will make a decision once the tour is over.

“There is plenty of talent in this squad. I believe the players can still find new things in them to exploit and I want to fulfil the potential of their talent.”

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