After the perma-po-face of Ancelotti, will Villa-Boas' revitalised club attract the cream of Spanish and Portugese talent to Chelsea?
The paint on the old shed is being stripped. Thankfully, the boss from Russia has a line on the latest colors and he is known as a man who likes to keep up with the latest fashion.
is the newest coat, a perfect fit for the new Blues, slowly being unveiled. It Mata's much that Villas-Boas signed the man, the new heart of Chelsea. Firstly, as he could be the wind
Torres needs to unleash the Armada of goals we have been promised, and secondly, as the first signature that replaces the age of the burly Chelsea power midfield, all muscle and Frank Lampard. The fade is beginning on that old stripe, not primed to be stripped off in one peeling, but sliced out over the next two seasons.
After a season of watching Ancelotti's face permanently set on funeral mode, what a breath of fresh air it is to see the young and bright Villas-Boas and his chums, giddy with glee
It's all blues and purples from now on. Barcelona is the original model. The imitations are about to come thick and fast. The play maker is king, power is draining from the likes of the Mikels and Essiens of this world. The light prevail. And things are certainly brighter on the Chelsea sidelines already. After a season of watching Ancelotti's face permanently set on funeral mode, what a breath of fresh air it is to see the young and bright Villas-Boas and his chums, giddy with glee, and loud with whistles on the sidelines. Sure, no one yet really knows what is happening on the field - the old guard are unsure on how to play to the future when their glory lies in the past. But replacements will continue to arrive from the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Some of the old Chelsea boys will be flicking through the brochures for the retirement homes. America is the hot place for elderly European players to finish their shots on Sunset Boulevard.This time though, the Spanish and the Portuguese have not sailed for the New World. Their style is soon to colonize England - another Armada of talent that is certain to land, and Chelsea will be the destination. No amount of Wenger cannon will stop it, Sir Alex rides high but his final hurdle is fast approaching. Villas-Boas is the new pioneer. Forget Mourinho. He grew up in yesterday's age of the brute. The boss from Russia knows the winds of change. And it is light up ahead at Chelsea.
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