Ramires: Stick with Villas-Boas

The Portuguese tactician replaced Carlo Ancelotti over the summer

and it has been anything but plain sailing for the Blues boss.

Chelsea beat Wolves on Monday, although their New Year’s Eve loss

to Aston Villa means they have been defeated in a quarter of their

top-flight matches this season. There have been rumours owner Roman

Abramovich would wield the axe, although Ramires insists it would

be an ‘injustice’ to lay all the blame at Villas-Boas’ feet. “If

Andre leaves, someone else will come – and if it keeps going on

like that, we won’t get anywhere,” Ramires said in the Sun. “The

players know what Andre has done for the club. “It’s an injustice

to make the manager the one who’s responsible for everything that

happens with a team. “He’s doing what he can until the players go

on the pitch. “From that moment, it’s not up to him, it’s not for

him to run or compete for a ball. “This is all part of the period

of adaptation. We’re trying to do what he wants but, unfortunately,

there are times when we won’t win. “We’re not playing badly. We

have to go on the pitch with a seriousness and desire to win until

the end.”