AVB not fearful of Blues axe

BY foxsports • November 21, 2011

Villas-Boas is certain that 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. Sunday's defeat was Chelsea's third four league matches and the first time they had lost back-to-back home games since Abramovich bought the club eight years ago. However, 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 this latest 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 on Monday evening. 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. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes it would be wrong to question Villas-Boas' position so early in the season. "No-one in the football profession will be questioning him," he said. "I don't know the lad, but he had a fantastic CV at Porto. "I don't know what the criticism will be, but there's huge respect for him in the football profession." Victory extended Dalglish's remarkable unbeaten record against Chelsea in his two spells as Reds manager. The game appeared to be heading for a draw when former Blues full-back Glen Johnson burst forward to score a sensational solo goal. "I'd have been proud just to have been able to run that far," Dalglish joked. "It was a great finish from Glen. I don't know what he was doing in there, but..." Dalglish added: "We played really well in the first half. They played better in the second half, put us under pressure, but the players hung on in there and the result matched our ambitions." Dalglish outwitted Carlo Ancelotti to win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last season by playing a three-man defence, and he produced another tactical masterstroke today by handing goalscorer Maxi Rodriguez his first league start of the season. "He likes London, Maxi," Dalglish said of the player who scored a hat-trick at Fulham in May. Liverpool's players wore black armbands following the death of goalkeeper Brad Jones' young son from leukaemia on Friday. Dalglish said: "That's when football becomes irrelevant, really, when a five-year-old kid dies. "We all dread to think what the boy's gone through. He knows everyone at the club is thinking of him and are sympathetic with him." Charlie Adam, who hand in both Liverpool goals, was in no doubt about why his side were victorious. "Hard work was the difference," he told Sky Sports. "We had good shape. We knew it would be difficult as Chelsea are a good team, but we have good players ourselves and it was a good way to bounce back from a difficult result against Swansea two weeks ago. "We have to come to places like this and win. We did well to bounce back from the goal we conceded." Adam went on to dedicate the win to Jones. "I'd like to dedicate that to Brad. He's had a difficult week so that's for you," he added. With all the pre-match talk concentrating on Fernando Torres coming up against his old team, it was Johnson, a former Chelsea player, who had the final say. "I was probably the last name on people's minds," he said. "I like to get forward and I'm grateful to get the goal. I've had some difficult months, but I've been feeling better after injury and have been getting back to fitness."


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