Napoli made good on their promise of destroying English football as they put one foot in the quarter finals thanks to a 3-1 over Chelsea at the Stadio San Paolo last night. In light of this, Villas-Boas has admitted that though it will be hard in overturning the result at Stamford bridge, it’s not impossible.
“If it had been a one-goal advantage [for Napoli] at home, it would have been better, but the third one is more difficult to recover – not impossible, of course, because of the amount of chances that we get and the environment that we must get at the Bridge to turn this tie around and to go through.
Of course, the Portuguese tactician still had to defend his decision of leaving out experienced trio Lampard, Essien and Cole on the bench. I fail to understand why AVB keeps experimenting with every match.
For instance, I was shocked (though happy) to see Malouda included in the starting line up and it is this kind of uncertainty that is costing Chelsea dearly. On his formation, this is what he had to say.
“I can go on and explain but it makes no difference for you guys [the media], you have to analyse it as well and take your opinion. It was based on what was fair for the team at that moment and it was the best team.”
AVB should know that it is impossible to try and please everyone and especially at the expense of winning. It seems to me that AVB is trying to mend emerging rifts between players,however, he does not see that his current tactics are all mixed up.
The return leg of this fixture will be held on March 14 and it remains to be seen just how much this Chelsea side would have improved.
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