AVB gave the Spanish youngster a chance yesterday and was delighted with the response.
"He has been doing quite well. It is not that we are unhappy with the players who have played in that position, Raul [Meireles] and [John Mikel] Obi, they have been doing well for the team as well," Villas-Boas pointed out.
"Oriol is not a player we have to teach how to behave in that position. He was educated in the best school in the world and today showed his character and personality. He receives the ball under pressure and always chooses the best option. He's a player you can count on for the benefit of the team."