stamford Bridge boss admits to problems in the dressing room.
Chelsea dressing room ‘unhappy’
ANDRE Villas-Boas has confessed for the first time that there are problems in the Chelsea dressing room – caused by their poor league position.
In a heated Cobham press conference, the Chelsea boss denied that there was any specific problem with Frank Lampard – who last week said his relationship with the manager wa ‘not ideal’.
Villas-Boas said: “Frank explained his personal view of his relationship with the manager. He feels something is missing, but I don’t. For me there is nothing missing.”
However when pressed on issues within the dressing room, the Portuguese coach said: “There are problems when Chelsea are fifth, for sure. I don’t see any problems in my relationships with the players.
“Ask any player who doesn’t play every time if he has a good relationship with the manager. I think it’s an unhappy dressing room because we are fifth.
“I think if we’re first in the league with 17 points ahead, it would be an extremely happy dressing room, any problems would be put to one side.”
SOURCE: Fulham Chronicle
Andre Villas-Boas makes a good, if slightly obvious, point. Clearly if a side is under-performing and not fulfilling it’s goals but it’s a chicken and egg situation and to use another cliche, a vicious circle.
Chelsea expect to be challenging for major honours and at the very least a top four finish and if that goal is not reached then Villas-Boas knows as well as anyone that he will lose his job. There are some who believe the young Portuguese boss’s decision to challenge some of his big stars has backfired and it may well prove his undoing.
Defeat at the hands of Napoli in the Champions League may put even more pressure on the former FC Porto manager.