Andre Villas-Boas has stated that he does not need a helping hand, as he tries to steer Chelsea away from one of the worst possible season in recent years. I had initially thought that the failure in the Premier League would make us a force to reckon with in the Champions League, but that hope has clearly come crashing after the 2-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
The sudden availability of Guus Hiddink has presented Villas-Boas with a variety of questions to answer. Among them is the possibility of having Hiddink in a supporting role for Villas-Boas. The Portuguese, who has only three full years of managerial experience, has rejected such possibilities by saying that he believes in his players and himself.
Ahead of the match against Wolves, Villas-Boas said,
” I don’t solve problems on my own, I solve problems with my group of people and my group of players. I just hold on to my self-belief and the belief of my players.”
The defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund leaves us in a very difficult position. Chelsea are most likely to qualify in the second place, which would then pit us against the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona. Chelsea can bid goodbye to any chance of winning the Champions League with this kind of form against this class of opponents. We haven’t made it into December yet, but the situation already looks very bleak indeed.
A few seasons ago, a couple of Chelsea players (Lampard, Terry, Drogba, and Kalou) were caught up in a boxing fight in London. Perhaps, these Chelsea players are fond of boxing and like to watch live boxing. Maybe, they should use these techniques to bring us out of trouble.
In my opinion, the arrival of Guus Hiddink would only bring in more trouble to the situation if the Dutchman arrives as a sporting director. If he becomes the next manager, then well and good. However, as long as AVB is the manager, he should be allowed to make the decisions himself.
A win against Wolves alone will not solve Chelsea’s problem. It demands a run of consecutive games so that the talk of Guus Hiddink returning to Stamford Bridge goes away once and for all. Only then will Villas-Boas get the necessary support from the media and, most crucially, Roman Abramovich. Villas-Boas may claim that he does not need help now, but he definitely does seem to need it. Ideally, that help should come from the players, starting this weekend against Wolves.