Andre Villas-Boas has vowed never to rant and rave at his Chelsea players, no matter how poorly they might have performed.
Blue boss Villas-Boas last night denied reading the riot act to his squad after watching them ripped apart by Arsenal on Saturday.
The 34-year-old held an inquest into Chelsea’s 5-3 Barclays Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge 24 hours later but rubbished reports which suggested he lost his cool.
“It’s not my leadership style,” said Villas-Boas, who is far less of a dictator than many of his contemporaries.
“Mine’s a two-way leadership where the players are incentivised to give an opinion. It’ll always be a two-way process for me where the most important words and actions are from my players.
“After a defeat like this, a player’s own reflection is the most important thing. Because of what these players have won, they will do that.”
Defender Branislav Ivanovic confirmed he and his team-mates had reflected seriously on the impact of the result.
“Every one of us has to look in the mirror and be honest about how we played defensively,” he said. “We know how we made mistakes and how we plan to do things better. We have to be fully concentrated for the whole game and be strong for 90 minutes. When you’re talking about the defence, you never talk about personal mistakes. In football, that can happen.
“We’re talking about our game defensively. The whole team defends, the whole team attacks.
“In some moments, we lost some concentration. We weren’t fully concentrated and things happened that we didn’t want to happen, and that changed the game psychologically.”
Chelsea’s first chance to repair the damage done by Saturday’s defeat comes in tomorrow night’s Champions League game at Genk, where victory could seal a last-16 spot.
The Blues will be expected to sweep aside the Belgian champions, who they thrashed 5-0 two weeks ago in London.
Villas-Boas, who visited the Cristal Arena with Porto last season, said: “I have experience of playing here and it’s a stadium of great intensity. We had a difficult time here last year.
“It was our first knockout game in the Europa League and we got a tremendous result, but it was not easy.”
Genk boss Mario Been said: “We will take on the game differently than the first leg.
“We showed way too much respect for our opponents. We played backward instead of forward.
“At home, in front of a capacity crowd we will have our chances, I’m sure.
“The only thing we have to do is to cash in on at least one of them. And we do have the quality to do that.”