That is my task, to inspire these people and to motivate these people, to change our faith. The work we’ve been doing is good and the talent of the players is immense, but the overall responsibility is mine and it’s up to me to inspire them to a win.
In the aftermath of Chelsea’s unlucky defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas believes that the Blues do have what it takes to make it through to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Dider Drogba gave the visitors a dream start with a headed goal in the 48th minute, before an equalizer from Eren Derdiyok and a last-gasp match-winner from Manuel Friedrich dashed any hope of topping the group. The game was also beset by on-field problems as Ashley Cole was taken off with an ankle injury which could rule him out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and was replaced by Jose Bosingwa, who played in an unfamiliar left-back role. David Luiz was also taken off at half-time with an illness, although he could shake it off and return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Chelsea’s defeat at the BayArena means that they are currently level on points with 3rd place Valencia, who thrashed Genk 7-0 to take their goal difference to a superior +8. Chelsea have to hold them to a goalless draw or claim a victory to make it through.
Knowing the importance of the final group game when the Blues host Valencia at Stamford Bridge, Villas-Boas said,
“This result changes the nature of the group, and now we go to the final match against Valencia to decide our fate.
“Valencia are a team on the up in terms of results, and we will need Stamford Bridge fully behind us in order to find the right intensity, but it is in our hands and we expect to do our job. It’s our responsibility and we don’t want to let the fans down.”
But right now, upon their return from Germany, Chelsea face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclays Premier League, knowing that only a victory would keep their title hopes alive.
“We believe a lot in the players’ talent, and they believe in us as well. When you are experiencing a run of results as we are now, we go into every little detail and try to get them right, and we just have to continue to work, and believe that the win is close.”
Chelsea go into this weekend’s game at Stamford Bridge lying 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, who remain the only team to be unbeaten this season and if by any chance Andre Villas-Boas fails again, surely his days at Chelsea are numbered…..