AVB confident of Abramovich backing

BY foxsports • November 21, 2011

Andre Villas-Boas is confident Roman Abramovich remains fully behind his Chelsea revolution despite the club crashing to their fourth defeat already this season.

Blues boss Villas-Boas claimed billionaire owner Abramovich would not have paid a world record £13million to prise him from Porto this summer, only to sack him at the first sign of trouble.

Abramovich's patience was tested once again on Sunday as Chelsea lost 2-1 to Liverpool to remain 12 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.

It was their third defeat in four league matches and the first time they had lost back-to-back home games since the Russian bought the club eight years ago.

Villas-Boas, who on Friday shrugged off Guus Hiddink being back on the managerial market, said: "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.

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

"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 acknowledged today's defeat dealt a devastating blow to Chelsea's title hopes.

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

Of far more concern to Chelsea fans at present will be the fact that they will drop out of the top four if Tottenham do not lose to Aston Villa tomorrow.

Abramovich sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari just under three years ago when he began to fear Champions League qualification would not be achieved.

Villas-Boas has been charged with getting Chelsea to play more like Barcelona, something that was never going to be achieved overnight.

But he refused to plead for more time, saying: "There's no running away from responsibilities, there's no calling this a transitional period, we're not calling for time to work.

"Our responsibility is to win trophies. We're in four still, and we still have the possibility to win them."

Villas-Boas' plan to play a higher defensive line has repeatedly proven costly this season but he continues to believe in the plan, insisting Chelsea do have the personnel to play it.

He also hit back at Gary Neville's criticism of David Luiz, who the former Manchester United defender said played like he was being controlled by a 10-year-old PlayStation gamer.

"It's a stupid approach to an opinion," Villas-Boas said.