Andre Villas-Boas’ is a man under pressure, there is no two ways about it.
With just 4 wins in his last 13 games the pressure is mounting on the young Portuguese boss.
Now AVB’s long-term plan at Chelsea is the right way to go about challenging the Manchester clubs for the title, albeit in three or four years time.
Alike to the Germany’s philosophy from the past four to six year:
Invest the time, money and most importantly patience in younger talents and you will reap the rewards for some time to come.
In an ideal world, for AVB at least, he should be given more time to allow him to return to Naples in the summer with the Chelsea hierarchies blessing to swoop for Napoli’s attacking stars.
The Azzurri’s owner Aurelio Di Laurentiis has admitted that the club would listen to offers for their star trio of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik:
“…if someone wants to make an offer, they can make an offer. We can laugh off their offer if we are not satisfied or we can say, ‘Let’s sit down and discuss this’.
“In life, there is always a price for everything. It is just a question of the right moment and the right people.”
If Abramovic can place enough faith in the current manager to invest heavily in rebuilding the Chelsea squad, then he should look no further than the trio who have hit 35 goals between them this season. The pace and power would be a stark contrast to the Chelsea of present who are a little backwards in coming forwards at times.
However if you believe in AVB’s long-term plan or not, if he neither finishes in the top four nor does he win the Champions League, he will be a gonner before the Summer window is opened.
There is one reason for this, Roman Abramovic’s love for the Champions League.
Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri described AVB as a “dead man walking” this week. Ranieri knows the feeling after Abramovic sacked him after a defeat in the Champions League Semi-Final to beaten finalists Monaco.
The sacking came despite Chelsea’s highest league placing for just short of fifty years, finishing runners up to the distant memory of Arsenal’s invincibles.
Abrambovic, despite his shed-loads of cash, will not rest easy until he has the opportunity to sit in an over-bearing chair and stroke his prized Champions League trophy – Blofeld style.
Simply put this tie has two outcomes:
1) Beat Napoli and Villas-Boas will keep his job – for now at least.
2) Fall at the first Champions League knockout hurdle and Blofeld has ordered henchmen for AVB’s head
No matter who you blame for Chelsea’s current position and what your beliefs of recuperation for the club are, Roman’s short-sighted approach has and may continue to be the perpetrator of the Blues’ downfall.
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