Pressure mounts for Villas-Boas

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Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Andre Villas-Boas is confident his Chelsea team can still qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages, despite last night’s 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.

But confidence seems to be severely lacking for the Blues so far this season, and last night’s result means they have now lost four of their last seven games. To put the current run of form into perspective, consider this: ‘Big’ Phil Scolari, a World Cup winning manager, was sacked after losing four times in 25 games when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge. Villas Boas has now lost four in 12.

We have all heard that Villas Boas should be given time as he has a plan and wants to build for the future, and I agree that nothing good will come from sacking him. But, realistically, will Roman Abramovich really tolerate his team’s current form?

Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League, but they are closer on points to Wolves in 17th than they are to leaders Manchester City. Their upcoming fixtures could prove to be extremely tricky too. They face Wolves on Saturday before taking on Liverpool next week in the Carling Cup quarter final. Then there is a difficult visit to surprise package Newcastle, before the all-important showdown with Valencia. Manchester City, Wigan and Tottenham all play Chelsea before Christmas, and their league position and Champions League status at this time may seal Villas-Boas’ fate.

For example, if Arsenal and Liverpool continue to improve, it may not be unreasonable to suggest that Chelsea could fall to seventh by the end of the year. AVB has declared that Abramovich believes in his long-term philosophy, stating: “He didn’t pay 15m euros (£13.2m) to get me out of Porto and another fortune to get me out of Chelsea.” But does he really believe that? After all, the Russian oligarch spent £50m on Fernando Torres just so he could warm the bench.

Despite his expressive nature in the dugout, Villas-Boas has a much different approach than Chelsea favourite, Jose Mourinho. But this hasn’t stopped him from ruffling a few feathers in the manner of the ‘special one’. Villas-Boas, who is only 34, has been criticised for his treatment of some of the more senior Chelsea players, and he has also been very critical of English referee’s with his latest comment earning him a hefty £12,000 fine.

One man who is probably enjoying Chelsea’s season so far is Carlo Ancelotti. Winning the double in his first season in charge of the Blues was not enough to save him from indifferent form in the following season, and he was promptly sacked. How long Abramovich will endure AVB’s poor start in order to achieve his long-term goals is anyone’s guess. But based on previous decisions, the young Portuguese might want to switch his focus to short-term results.

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  • Doogie

    If they fail to qualify from their group which is a possibility given their current home form, then there’s no way he will stay. Carlo was sacked after doing the double!

  • Yid Army

    Modric has obviously chosen the bigger and better club with a chance of winning more trophies!

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