Two goals from Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and a fine solo effort form Brazilian Ramires was enough to send Chelsea through to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 8th consecutive season.
I must admit, i knew the win was important for Chelsea and Villas-Boas, but i never expected the coach to react the way he did. It was evident that the win was priceless for Villas-Boas and a Chelsea side that had become used to losing.
Speaking after the match, Villas-Boas launched a full out attack on the media for he termed a difficult victory for them to digest. It is obvious that Villas-Boas made these remarks out of anger and as a way to justify his qualifications.
Chelsea have had a difficult few weeks and that has led to rumours of the sacking of Villas- Boas. According to Villas-Boas, the criticism they have been receiving was just too much.
“The criticism of us has just been over the top.
“To be fair, from the coverage there only seems to be one team in the country at the moment, which is Manchester City.
The truth of the matter is that Chelsea is a big club that is used to winning and the players and especially the coach should get used to such criticism. Villas-Boas, even took a swipe at former United player Gary Neville saying he could not believe the comments he was making.
“Some of this comes from a former Manchester United defender [Gary Neville] who sits up top [in the commentary box] and in his preparation for the game says things like ‘I wouldn’t want to be one of the Chelsea players today, I couldn’t play this game, it is a difficult game for them’ – this is out of this world, I can’t believe this sort of thing.
Chelsea still have tough fixtures ahead with the key match being against league leaders Manchester City at home next Monday. Could this be the turning point for AVB? It still hard to tell however, it definitely is a start.
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