Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions he needs help to halt Chelsea’s recent run of poor form after increased speculation Guus Hiddink could be set for a return to Stamford Bridge in a director of football capacity.
Hiddink left his post as Turkey boss earlier this month after losing out to Croatia in the Euro 2012 play-offs, sparking rumours the Dutchman was to be approached about providing a helping hand for Villas-Boas as the Portuguese boss continues to struggle to come to terms with the role.
Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen that left their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase of the Champions League in doubt means the West London outfit have only picked up one win in their last five games, while back to back Premier League defeats at Stamford Bridge for the first time since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003 has heaped pressure on the former Porto manager.
Despite his side’s poor run of form Villas-Boas remains adamant he doesn’t need any help to turn their fortunes around, insisting he has the “self-belief” to come through the troubled period.
"I don't agree [that I need help.] 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 Blues now need three points in their finial Champions League game against Valencia to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages, while they sit 12 points behind Manchester City in the race for the title.
"The spotlight is something that doesn't disturb me. It is something that doesn't disturb me whatsoever.” Villas-Boas responded when questioned about the pressure he was under and whether he had spoken to Abramovich about his position.
"It has an obvious knock-on effect but that's the manager's job, to motivate and inspire players. We need to find the right emotional stimulus plus the right balance in terms of what we do to get the results we want.
"But we have not had critical meetings, there is no animosity, not insults here and there, no critique whatsoever regarding what we are doing, no doubts whatsoever regarding what we are doing."