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Monday 21 November 2011

Villas-Boas upbeat on Chelsea future

Boss expects to retain backing from owners despite poor run

Andre Villas-Boas's Chelsea team are fourth in the table

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says he is confident he retains the backing of Blues owner Roman Abramovich despite the side's recent poor form.

Liverpool's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday followed the extraordinary 5-3 loss to Arsenal in Chelsea's previous home match in the Barclays Premier League.

It is the first time Chelsea have lost consecutive home league matches since billionaire Abramovich took charge in 2003.

But Villas-Boas, who joined Chelsea from Porto in the summer after the Blues paid a world record £13m to tempt him, insisted he would be given time to turn things around.

"It's not a question of the owner having patience. We have set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to taking what we're building to the future," he said.

"The owner didn't pay 15 million euros to get me out of Porto to pay me another fortune to get out [of Chelsea]."

"It's not impossible to turn it around"
- Andre Villas-Boas

He added: "Our commitment is towards the club and what we are doing in the future. We have enough talent to compete in all competitions, and that's the perspective we take at the moment."

Villas-Boas also said his side remained title contenders despite Sunday's defeat, which left them 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

"It's not impossible to turn it around," he said.

"It's not the brightest of starts for Chelsea in the Premier League in the last 10 years, but the belief is there.

"It doesn't look good being 12 points behind the leaders, a strong leader, but the December fixtures give us hope if we're able to make the most of it."

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Key Points

  • Chelsea have lost two league matches in a row
  • Blues are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City
  • Boss Villas-Boas says he expects owner Roman Abramovich to back him