Connect with us


Villas-Boas Should Stay In Charge But Needs To Quit Being So Stubborn

Photo by Gilyo

Chelsea’s defeat by Liverpool has left them 12 points off the pace after just 12 matches, and this is their worst start to a Premier League season since 1995-6. Many are actually rather surprised that Abramovich hasn’t had enough of Andre Villas-Boas already. The problem with Chelsea this season has been that they simply haven’t learnt their lessons.

It’s almost as if Villas-Boas has decided to ignore every problem that has been glaringly obvious for the last few weeks. By not changing his tactics, Villas-Boas and Chelsea have certainly suffered. The defending has been dreadful, and this has inevitably caused confidence to sap across the pitch, because everything starts at the back, and by not sorting their problems out, the defense may also have cost Chelsea the title this season. For the first time in Abramovich’s time, his team have posted back-to-back league defeats and Manchester City really do see like a million miles away in the heavily competitive and strong Premier League. Is it time for Abramovich to continue his consistent form of impatience and call time on Villas-Boas’ very short tenure?

At any other club in the Premier League, if not the world, it would be outrageous to even suggest that Villas-Boas, regarded as one of Europe’s finest young coaches after winning the Portuguese title and Europa League at Porto last season, is under serious threat so early into his Chelsea career. But at Chelsea, it is not outrageous. To sack Villa-Boas, though, would be ludicrous and Abramovich should stick with him. Every new manager needs time to settle into their new job, especially this one because he is so young. It also helps that Villas-Boas himself believes, contrary to some fairly recent evidence, that he is a Chelsea manager in it for the long haul. However, after the performance against Liverpool on Sunday, it may need to be a very lengthy journey if Villas-Boas is going to lead Chelsea to any success. He has to put Chelsea back on track immediately and change his game plan because Abramovich is not going to hang around with him.

The ability of Liverpool, as well as QPR and Arsenal, to trouble Chelsea in recent weeks underlined one of the club’s primary problems. Chelsea’s key players that have brought them so much success in recent years are finally starting to stumble. John Terry and Ashley Cole have been extremely inconsistent this season, and Cech’s rare mistakes are now appearing with increasing regularity. Lampard, although still a strong influence, was kept very quiet yesterday and Drogba is not even close to the player he was last season. Villas-Boas has to transfer his faith into different players and make Chelsea his own team. Fernando Torres is looking lost at Chelsea, while David Luiz is impetuous in defense, getting caught out of position all the time and is incapable of defending in a flat back four. Most are bemused by the absence of Alex who surely should be the player alongside John Terry every time. However, Terry shouldn’t escape any scrutiny. He is no longer the same player, whether that is because of age or off-field distractions, and when you put this together with his lack of understanding with Luiz, the result is catastrophic.

Villas-Boas has tried to impose a more attacking style, but by doing this, the basics have been neglected. He has a lot of work to do, and the pressure is really building on him. However, if he gets the basic problems right – sorting out the defense and building a more diverse team, then Chelsea could return to the heavyweights of Europe. But at the moment, the current team is not going to get Roman Abramovich his Champions League title or his fourth Premier League crown. Villas-Boas wasn’t appointed as an experiment. He is an extremely young and therefore, inexperienced manager, but possesses huge potential. Given the time, he can be successful at Chelsea, but the process of improving and becoming comfortable with the team, has to speed up.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more


  1. Jason

    November 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    AVB’s biggest problem is that his senior players don’t trust him to make the right decisions. This week some of the papers in England have reported that he seems to have lost the dressing room. I think he is a good coach but it was always going to be difficult for him when he has so many veteran players in the squad who don’t like change.

    He should be allowed to assemble his own squad if Chelsea are to be successful in the long term. The big question is will Abramovich give him that time and resources. That is the real question.

  2. peter mccullagh

    November 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm


  3. Fernando

    November 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    QPR did not trouble Chelsea, did you watch that match? A nine man team not only played like a single unit but made the team with 11 men look hapless.

    It’s easy to blame AVB, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of players at Chelsea who shouldn’t be there anymore. I’m of the belief that it is up to the players to get this right. Last year it was Ancelotti’s fault and now it’s AVB.

    David Luiz was out best defender on Sunday along with Ivanovic. Torres is not finishing but that’s just a matter of luck, whether you think that will ever be a good kind of luck at Chelsea is another matter.

  4. CTBlues

    November 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Spot on Frank, AVB needs to stay, but needs to play to the current teams strengths and gradually turn over the old players and teach them his way of playing.

  5. JC

    November 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    AVB should be given more time. The whole season, in fact, unless something terrible happens (such as missing the UCL qualification, a real possibility).

    With that said, the writing is on the wall for The Special One to return. Not this year, but maybe next, or the season after that.

  6. dominjon

    November 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    What is the point of sacking AVB? Is the next manager bringing a time machine with him? Every great team reaches the end of the road and needs to be dismantled. The trick is to do it over time, so the replacement is at the club for a season or two learning the ropes before taking over and the former first teamer is used as a squad member and then retired/sold.
    It is a hard thing to do. It is what Liverpool did in the 70s/80s and what Utd did in the 90s/00s. It means sustained success, if you try and change everything at once you get what Souness got at Liverpool.
    Abrahmovic is more the ‘buy the instant solution’ type of guy and that is a very hard trick to do.
    Just give AVB his time. Back him over Lampard or Terry or Cole or any other player AVB decides isn’t a starter or needs to be sold. Don’t panic if things go wrong in the short term. Concentrate on buying quality younger players with a veteran or two sprinkled in if needed.
    Let AVB teach a new generation how to play his style.
    Or sack him at huge cost. Parachute in Hiddink. Have him rescue the season with the same players getting back into top 4. Buy more ‘instant success’ players. Spend. Spend. Spend. Hit another slump in a season or two. Sack the manager again, hire someone else, be in exactly the same trouble as you are now.

    • spork

      November 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

      agreed. the situation at the club is ridiculous. you can’t expect to achieve anything if everybody’s always terrified of being sacked if they lose a couple of games, or if managers are forced to use players that they don’t believe in just because the boss paid an exorbitant amount of money for them.

  7. PL

    November 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Let them do what they want they’re crap anyway. City, United, Spurs and Liverpool for the top 4 this season!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Chelsea

Translate »