Published: 10:05 23/06/2011
Andre Villas-Boas believes he is the right man to meet the ambitions of Chelsea and satisfy owner Roman Abramovich’s craving for silverware.
Online bookmakers are giving free bets to new customers and they can be used to bet on Chelsea’s 2011/12 campaign, get a free football bet when placing a bet on Chelsea to win a trophy in the 2011/12 season.
The 33-year-old was confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement on Wednesday and after signing a three-year deal, told Chelsea fans: "I feel confident I can respond to the ambitions of the supporters and the ambitions of the owner and the administration."
Online bookmaker, Paddy Power is offering evens for Villas-Boas to deliver a trophy to Stamford Bridge in his first term after Chelsea finished empty handed last season. Whether any old trophy will satisfy Abramovic is another matter, it is no secret that the Russian has been ruthless in his pursuit of wiining the Champions League, the trophy he has been hungering for since taking ownership of Chelsea.
It is clear that the former Porto boss knows where he stands: "Chelsea is a club that in the last six years has achieved so much and people are expecting us to be the same way," he told www.chelseafc.com.
"There is not going to be more or less tolerance for me if I am not successful so this is the challenge I face and I feel confident that we can motivate everybody, not only the players but also the structure.”
After a slow recovery from the doldrums last Autumn, Chelsea went on to finish runner up to Manchester United in the Premier League and the Blues are generally available at odds of 11/4 to regain the title next season. However the team has some way to go to mount a Champions League challenge to Barcelona and Real Madrid, Victor Chandler is offering odds of 9/1 for Abramovic’s dream to come true next May.
Chelsea are 6/1 to regain the FA Cup they have won three times in the last five years and 13/2 with SkyBet and William Hill to win the Carling Cup which they last won in 2007.
Villas-Boas will have a war chest with which to strengthen Chelsea’s ageing squad and talk of striker Radamel Falcao following from Porto is increasing every day. The Columbian has scored 41 goals in 50 games for Porto who will not stand in his way if Chelsea meet the £26million fee in his release clause.