We’re barely three months into the season and Andre Villas-Boas is already feeling the pressure as Chelsea’s poor form continued with the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool, which saw the Blues losing back-to-back matches at Stamford Bridge for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
The west London side find themselves 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City and will slip into fifth place should Tottenham beat Aston Villa tonight, is it time to start worrying?
It seems as though history is repeating itself for the Blues, who entered into a dreadful run of form after the clocks went back last season when Carlo Ancelotti was the manager and he paid the price for it by losing his job, will AVB suffer a similar fate?
Now, I didn’t disagree with the club’s decision to axe Ancelotti and it remains to be seen whether or not Villas-Boas is the right man for Chelsea, but I’d hate to see us make another manager the scapegoat whilst the underperforming players continue to fly under the radar escaping blame and free from all responsibility.
The common denominator between every manager from when Mourinho left to Villas-Boas’ arrival is the squad. There has been a few ins and a few outs, which is to be expected but the spine of the squad has largely remained the same, is creaking with age and cannot be relied upon forever.
Something could be said about the manager’s tactics as he likes to play a high defensive line which doesn’t suit neither John Terry because of his lack of pace nor David Luiz, who simply cannot defend and doesn’t seem to have a head screwed onto his shoulders. Meanwhile, at some point it was decided that Alex no longer has a future at the club for some reason that escapes me and we’re being linked with over-priced Englishman Gary Cahill, who isn’t the answer to our defensive woes either, but something has to change there and I’d be surprised if we didn’t invest in a defender or two in the near future.
I believe Villas-Boas also got his selection wrong against Liverpool yesterday and although that’s easy to say with the benefit of hindsight, I’m not exactly sure why Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda started that game as both have been out of the team a fair bit and neither has shown any kind of form that gave me much confidence prior to kick-off.
Although the manager has shown some naivety and has made mistakes, he has been taking steps to try something new at Chelsea and by signing promising young talents he has an eye on the future too. It’s going to take him some time to build the squad in his own image, he’s going to need the backing of the board and he has to be allowed to do as he sees fit when it comes to the ‘old guard’ without fear of losing his job.
In my opinion, it seems as though Andre Villas-Boas has been sent in to clean up a mess that he didn’t create. There are many players in the squad whose best days are behind them whilst others have their best ahead of them, but in the short term the rot must be stopped. I don’t think the squad has been maintained well enough since the departure of Jose Mourinho and it’s time that we looked at the shortcomings of the squad rather than putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of a latest scapegoat.
I’m hoping that we’ll break the habit of a lifetime and adopt a style of patience, what do you think?
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