Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says current boss Andre Villas-Boas is not the one to blame for the club's recent slump.

Defeat against Liverpool in the Carling Cup was The Blues' fifth in nine games, swelling the pressure on manager Villas-Boas despite having only taken charge of 21 games in west-London.

Ancelotti, who was ruthlessly sacked after failing to win a trophy in his second season at Stamford Bridge, is full of sympathy for the 34-year-old.

“Villas-Boas cannot work miracles," he said. "This is an old team now. In fact it is exactly the same team as the one I left, with the exception of Juan Mata and Raul Meireles.

“The problem is not Villas-Boas – it is with the team that he has. It is with the organisation and the players. They have to change a lot of things to make it better.

“Villa-Boas is young and inexperienced but he has done well. He is talented. The club need to give him time to sort it out and make his ideas work.”

Villas-Boas was appointed in the summer following the departure of Ancelotti at the end of the season, as Chelsea matched the £13.2 million to release him from his contract at Porto.

In his first season at Porto, Villas-Boas preceded over one of the most successful seasons in the club's history, as he collected four trophies, winning 41 of his 47 games in charge and becoming the second club in Portuguese top flight history to go an entire season unbeaten.

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