Why I think Andre Villas-Boas is the man to lead the Inter revolution
Amongst the list of names being considered is Andre Villas-Boas.
Who is Andre?
Andre was born in Portugal and is 35 this year. I remember reading about Andre when people started to take notice of his Porto. One great story I read, when Andre was a young teenager living in Porto, he lived in the same building as Sir Bobby Robson. Andre being a big Porto fan decided to send a letter to Sir Bobby questioning his decision making on some of the team selection. When Sir Bobby asked for something to back up those words Andre provided great detail as to why certain players should play more than others. Andre at the age of 14 provided statistics and analysed the performance of the Porto players. To put this in to context this was the early 90’s, stats and analytical programmes and websites were largely non existent.
Andre began following Mourinho around as an analyst of the opponents while at Porto and Chelsea. When Mourinho went on to Inter Andre became an assistant role before leaving to join Academica in Portugal. A few months later Andre took the managers job at his hometown club of Porto and after great success Chelsea payed a reported 13 million to take him to London. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him and was sacked.
A lot of people refer to him as another Jose, but to be honest they have different styles, philosophies and approaches to the game but both appreciate the fine detail of tactics and analysis of the game. Obvious links come from how they got into Football and their time at Porto and Chelsea but that’s the end of that link for me. Andre is a keen admirer of Pep at Barcelona and I would suggest the two of them are closer linked.
What has he achieved?
In 2011 Andre won everything there was to win in Portugal and achieved great success by winning the Europa League. Andre’s Porto also managed to go unbeaten in the same season. Some suggest that’s nothing special as it’s the Portuguese league but for any doubters what was so special was the style it was achieved in. 51 games played 45 of those won only two losses and scored 135 goals in that time conceding only 36.
Andre was never given a real chance at Chelsea, not backed by the owner and too many players stamping feet if they weren’t playing. The English based players at Chelsea had a big problem with him, that’s English footballers for you, they don’t like adapting to European ways and the ones at Chelsea felt it was there club and not his.
What’s he like?
Andre is a very intelligent, analytical manager. Andre is a strategic thinker who has learned from the very best in his short career, his motivation and attention to detail is exemplary.
Andre is known to be almost obsessed with his attention to detail like the previously mentioned Pep and Mourinho.
Andre expects players to fight for him, he is a big motivator and will stick by his players. Players are expected to adapt to his system and be versatile on there approach to the game.
4-3-3 appeared to used the most at Porto. Andre likes to use the width of the pitch. The 4-3-3 used is usually a really efficient tactically drilled system incorporating slick fluid passing from the back line to the front line.
Other systems commonly used by Andre are a 4-4-2 diamond or 4-2-3-1 which whenever I saw Chelsea that seemed to be how they where set up.
Looking at Andre’s time at Porto his tactical efficiency seemed to get more out of his players than perhaps some other managers might be able to achieve. The best way I could explain that is taken a look at Ranieri system. Ranieri is unable to utilise a system that is balanced in attack and defence and often the players look flat and lacking the required direction from a confident manager something that Andre will be able to change if he was to arrive.
A negative perhaps is Andrea wish to stick to what he believes in, and expect the team to mould to his ways instead of looking at what he has and finds the best system. But on the other hand if Moratti decides to back him with a couple of signings then to be honest we have the players for that system we just lack wide forward.
That sounds a little like Gasperini but Andre has different formations it’s his approach to the game that won’t change, his fluid passing games and style won’t change and for the sake of a result someone might have play out of position. Realistically that could happen on the short term but as time goes on after a few transfer this would be less likely to happen.
What can he do for Inter?
Time is the key for who ever arrives in the summer. Moratti and the fans have to be patient, instant success is unlikely. A step backwards to take a big step forward.
If Andre was backed in the transfer window, and was given the time to work with his players over a couple of seasons I really believe in a new DNA being installed into the club. For me Andre is the right man to take us forward. It’s a great opportunity for Andre an a great opportunity for Inter. With young players in the team already and a strong Primivera team the future is bright but we must stick with a manger for the long term. A style and ethos needs to be implemented to give the team and club a new character, a character of strength a superiority that is visible on and off the pitch.
Andre Villas Boas has my vote.
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