Last call for Villas Boas

by Lorenzo Bettoni

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Tomorrow we will know the future of  Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League and , probably, the future of Portuguese manager Andres Villas Boas in the bench of the sout-west London club. The “Blues” has the chance to qualify to the knock out of the most important tournament for European clubs, as they will play at Stamford Bridge in front of their supporters, but an easy qualification is not to be taken for granted.

Chelsea players have the great advantage of be familiar with this kind of matches. In the last years lot of European quarter and semi-finals were played at Stamford Bridge and players like John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard will be able to handle the pressure for a match like this. On the other hand the period of the team is not one of the best, as a few days ago they were also eliminated in Curling Cup by Liverpool and Villas Boas can’t count just on the international experience of his players to be qualified to the next round.

Their opponents, Valencia, are playing a good football and they are actually third in the Spanish Liga, just four points far from FC Barcelona and seven from leaders Real Madrid. The spanish club played six times away during the Spanish Championship, winning four times, losing and drowing just once. They scored seven goals, conceding just three.

So, what Villas Boas and Chelsea supporters have to fear most? The spanish club is coming from a home victory against Espanyol and two players in particular must be followed with extra care: Ever Banega and Roberto Soldado. The first one is one of the most talented midfielder in Europe and Soldado is the spanish player who scored more in this Liga (eight goals in 14 appearences). The expectations of Valencia to be qualified passed mainly through these players.

Chelsea will qualify in case of victory and in case of 0-0. A draw with goals, or a defeat, will qualify Valencia.

If Chelsea will manage to qualify to the next round of the competition, than Andres Villas Boas could have saved his job, otherwise it’s quite difficult to belive that Roman Abramovich will confirm a manager who is fourth in the Premier League and out of the UEFA Champions League.

If Villas Boas won’t answer to the last call, the only one who could sobstitute him in this part of the season is Guss Hiddink, former Turkey manager, who resigned after he didn’t reach the qualification to Euro 2012. He’s with no doubt the dream of Roman Abramovich after that three years ago he saved Chelsea from a disastrous season. The Dutch manager arrived at Stamford Bridge on February 2009. At the end of the season he won the FA Cup and a goal of Andres Iniesta (plus the referee Tom Ovrebo) prevented him from reaching a Champions League final placement.


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