Villas-Boas Hails Fantastic Moyes
Chelsea chief in awe of Moyes' managerial stature.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says David Moyes' work at Everton is ‘fantastic'.
Moyes is approaching his ten year anniversary as Goodison Park chief and his success in transforming the Toffees into top half of the table regulars has been much-heralded.
A perfect illustration of the development he has overseen is provided by the statistic that Everton haven't lost any of their last five league games at Stamford Bridge.
When you consider Chelsea were Premier League champions and twice runners-up in that period, it's a stat not to be ignored.
And Moyes' men had begun this season much better than previous campaigns before back to back defeats against Manchester City and - controversially - Liverpool.
"Everton were on a very good run in my opinion," declared Chelsea's Portuguese main man.
"They lost against Liverpool but had they won they would be up challenging for the top with one game in hand. So they are in a good situation and once again proving that David Moyes' work is something fantastic.
"It's motivation, and the players' belief that they can do it," Villas Boas offered in response to questions about Everton's aforementioned record in West London.
"They believe they can come out of Stamford Bridge with points because it has been happening in the past.
"In football and paper things look different but surprises happen, it's why I don't believe in having a favourites role in every game we play because the unpredictable can happen."
Chelsea need to win the Saturday tea-time game to keep apace with title rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.
But Villas-Boas is wary of Moyes' charges.
'To emphasise the importance of our game, Everton is looking for the sixth game unbeaten coming to the Bridge. We have to be alert and it is going to be a hard battle," he said.