Andre Villas Boas asks Chelsea players to commit

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has stated that his players must commit to and be willing to die for the club cause if the London side are to be successful in 2011/12.

The Stamford Bridge outfit relinquished their Premier League crown last term, and the ex-Porto coach is eager for his squad to show their commitment to winning it back.

“You can be successful in the game in various different ways. The most important thing is that the idea you want to sell, the players are able to buy it; that it doesn’t seem something so out of the ordinary that they are not able to commit and die for you and for the cause,” the 33-year-old told Chelsea Magazine.

The Portuguese also stated that his team would look to attack and score goals in the next campaign.

“It’s not just a case of the manager arriving, changing things and that’s why they score. You free them from the limitations that they might have in a different kind of system but, in the end, you make them believe in their qualities and this is the most important thing.

“For you to exploit the potential of every player to the full, you have to give them a certain amount of freedom, or else they will never test it. So we encourage them to make better decisions, give them freedom of choice a lot.

“Once you go towards finding that talent, you can end up with players transcending themselves and doing things they thought they could never do,” he concluded.

Chelsea start their Premier League campaign against Stoke City at the Brittania Stadium on August 13th.