Villas-Boas explains why he won’t repeat Chelsea mistakes at Marseille

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Andre Villas-Boas: Manager spent two years in the Premier League

Andre Villas-Boas has pledged not to repeat his past mistakes as he bids to take Marseille back to the big time.

The Portuguese was announced on Tuesday as Rudi Garcia’s successor at the Stade Velodrome, tasked with reinvigorating a team who have fallen behind traditional rivals Paris St Germain and Lyon in Ligue 1.

There will not be sweeping changes under Villas-Boas, who admits he tried to change too much in an ill-fated spell at Chelsea which saw him sacked after less than nine months.

He told the club’s official website: “At Chelsea I was very radical with my philosophy, but I think with experience you have to respect French football culture and focus on technical excellence and creativity.

“I want to construct the ideal philosophy for OM. I am not a defensive coach, I want to play attacking football – like the slogan of OM, “Droit au but” (“Straight to goal”).

Marseille, who are facing a battle to keep hold of midfielder Sanson, finished this season in fifth place, 30 points behind Thomas Tuchel’s runaway champions and 11 outside the three Champions League places.

Villas-Boas said after signing a two-year contract: “I am very happy to be here. Joining a club as big as OM is fantastic for me.

“The objectives are clear. We have a very strong desire and will to do absolutely everything to finish in the top three.

“The team is good. The group needs changes, but not too many.

“There are players, notably, who are coming out of contract. We must analyse all of that, considering Financial Fair Play, and put together the best team possible to achieve the supporters’ dreams.

“The directors control that situation more than me. We need to take the time to analyse and see what we can do, or not, with the budget we have.”