Is Andres Villas Boas indiscipline costing Chelsea?

by Kobina Monney

Friday, November 4th, 2011

A lot will made of Chelsea’s lost against Arsenal last weekend. The  defensive mistakes that cost the team have been a feature of their season throughout.

Rightly or wrongly much of the blame will be laid at the feet of Andres Villas-Boas. He is in charge of the team and is shaping it in the mould of Porto’s offensive play. However he’s playing at a higher level (no disrepect intended to he Portuguese League), and in a different culture with what appear to be a few fractures appearing in Villas-Boas facade. They’re becoming more noticeable each week.

Despite what many media outlets, both online and in the old press have endlessly, (and lazily) droned on about, Villas-Boas is not Mourinho mark II. They share a few similarities but the type of play Villas Boas is known for exhibited an attacking flair with a very high defensive line that can, an often is, breached.

In the league the times it was breached were very few ( they conceded a parsimonious 16 goals in 30 matches). In Europe it was a different matter and anyone who saw the UEFA Cup match against Villareal would have noticed the amount of times Villareal broke through but failed to take their chances (and were duly punished for it).

Continuing to play a high line at his new club has highlighted that defensive fragility with Ashley Cole losing his bearings and Jose Bosingwa going walkabouts.  It requires discipline and control, two things Villas-Boas is not demonstrating right now.

It’s been an endless sight with Villas-Boas complaining about decisions with a calm but sometimes tetchy fervour. Whether he’s trying to create some sort of siege mentality or actually believes his team are the benefactors of some bad luck, he comes across as a rather incessant and antagonistic character,doggedly sticking to his beliefs and refusing to change them. It may look like a good tactic in absolving his players but he’s heaping pressure on to the club itself to perform when they’re clearly not doing so.

Whether it was how he handled the John Terry dispute (with his odd statements about Terry’s moral fibre) or how he conducted himself in the aftermath of his side’s red cards against QPR, there’s an uneasiness about watching Villas Boas in a press conference. He seems unnecessarily coiled up, ready to pounce against any supposed defamation of his team. He’s too protective, unwilling to lay down the law and instead going for the supportive and motivational cue. I have no problem against this approach but for Chelsea, although they’re not the latest “team in crisis”, he is not helping matters with his aggressive demeanour.

In some ways Villas-Boas very much like Mourinho but he doesn’t have the arrogance or contemptuous snark. Not yet.

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  • Omar22

    Arsenal conceeded 8 goals against United, They did not hold a G-8 summit… The owner wants flair so are you saying he should go against the owner?

  • Kobina Monney

    No ,but if (and its a big if to ask this early in the season) that attacking verve means they miss out on trophies because they’re leaky at the back, will it be worth it? I’m not so sure

    I’m impressed with Chelsea going forward (probs should have made it clear in post) but defensively they’ve been a sieve.

    Thanks for the comment

  • Omar22

    AVB or Jose Mourinho that team cannot in anything.. Wen you look at Spurs they could move the ball from one end to another in around 10 approx. it takes Chelsea forever just to cross the half way line, sometimes it takes Luiz to bring the ball out

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  • Kobina Monney

    Not interested in offering more of a comment?

    Alright then

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