Madrid: Chelsea's appointment of Andres Villas-Boas is a daring gamble that marks a new period at Stamford Bridge, as the young Portuguese manager looks to shed the conservative style of play established by mentor Jose Mourinho with an attacking brand of football more akin to European champion Barcelona's. (Also see: Villas-Boas no new Mourinho: Hasselbaink)
Chelsea's decision to make Villas-Boas the youngest ever manager in the Premier League - just a few months older than several players at 33 - doesn't mark the first time someone has taken a risk on the relatively inexperienced coach poached from Portuguese champion Porto and hailed as the heir apparent to Mourinho.
Villas-Boas' stock rose significantly following Porto's treble-winning campaign, highlighted by an undefeated league campaign and May's Europa League triumph in Dublin. That victory only increased the comparisons to Mourinho, whose first European triumph was winning the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003.