New year celebrations for Chelsea fans were cancelled after the Blues suffered a humiliating 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa yesterday. Not only has this loss pushed Chelsea down to 5th position in the league, but coach AVB has also conceded that his primary target now is to ensure Chelsea challenge for a top 4 finish.
The jeers and boos that followed after the final whistle was blown was expected and though there was Villa were the better side of the night, AVB still sought to shift blame on Chelsea’s festive league fixtures.
Speaking to reporters after the match, AVB was quoted as saying that league fixtures during the festive season should be arranged fairly ( whatever that means).
“I have utmost respect for festive build up, it is part of tradition. It is not fair for the calender to be spread in this way. It should be done for every single club.
“I know TV demands are high but for all of the players. They go through physical strain and integrity, which can undermine their career, he said.
It is not certain how much longer Abramovich can continue to entertain such poor performances and should Chelsea fail to make it all the way to the Champions League final, the AVB can kiss his job goodbye.
However, looking at the situation objectively, Chelsea only have themselves to blame. Mourinho was doing exceptionally well before Abramovich decide to sack him. Guss Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti were equally producing consistent results before Abramovich pulled the plug on their careers.
And now AVB looks set to be heading in the same direction as he has given Chelsea their worst start in the league in 8 seasons! Truth be said, AVB lacks the technical know how to coach Chelsea and it has shown in the past 19 games with the Blues losing twice at home to Liverpool and Losing to fellow London club Arsenal as well.
What next for Chelsea? Well, AVB has called for the fans to support him and the team in spite of their poor performances.
“We want to repay the fans their trust. They have been magnificent through this period. The fans have a right to show disappointment.
“They know they can make a difference and we need them with full belief. We will have to face our challenges in 2012 in a different way. There is no running away with excuses.”
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