John Terry has praised the impact André Villas-Boas has made on Chelsea’s players since being appointed as the club’s new manager.
According to Terry, who is on his 10th manager, including caretakers, at Stamford Bridge, the 33-year-old’s methods have already made a huge impression.
“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.”
Describing Villas-Boas’s style of communication, the Terry told the club’s TV channel: “He won’t mumble on for 20, 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.
“One thing I’ve really been impressed with is the training side of things. There’s a real emphasis – whether that’s because it’s pre-season at the moment– on the way he wants us to play, individually, collectively. We’ve done an awful lot of ball work, but I’ve been really impressed and everyone seems to understand the way he wants us to play.
“Naturally, that’s going to take a few more games to get it where we want to be but certainly we’re implementing that every day.”
Terry said pre-season had been hard work but that his new manager is far from a slave driver, revealing he had compared notes with Aston Villa and Blackburn players during the recent Barclays Asia Cup in Hong Kong.
“André is a modern manager. The thing that impresses me, he understands the players. He’s not old school.
“I’ve been speaking to a couple of the other lads at Villa and Blackburn. They’re on double sessions and they’re busting their guts basically every day. Whereas I think football has moved on a bit from a few years back, and he certainly understands that, and listens, and takes on board what we say.”