AVB: Chelsea will not underestimate Everton like Man City

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is not taking Saturday’s opponents Everton lightly as counterpart Roberto Mancini admitted doing in their 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.

"We never underestimate Everton because our record at Goodison Park is not impressive," Villas-Boas said.

"It is a difficult place to go, and a team that has made a great transfer market without a lot of noise, but with the right buys.

"It is fantastic to see [new signing] Darren Gibson playing more often because he is a player of immense talent and Landon Donovan coming back to a place he knows well.

"I think the additions they made were fantastic, improving them a level and making them even more difficult to play against."

David Moyes is the third longest-serving manager in the top flight behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, approaching 10 years at the helm.

Villas-Boas feels the Toffees are heading in the right direction despite testing off-field issues.

"They have improved a lot from when we played them first [this season]," he said.

"Everton are always a solid team and can create problems, plus the environment of Goodison Park is never easy.

"Their situation in the league at the moment is 11th, but very close to eighth place, which will straight away change the perspective."

 

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