Ray Wilkins has leapt to the defence of Chelsea's players in the wake of Andre Villas-Boas' sacking.

Villas-Boas lost his job on Sunday amid reports of dressing-room unrest at Stamford Bridge, with owner Roman Abramovich finally losing patience after a run of five wins from 16 matches.

But Wilkins, who was controversially fired as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant in November 2010, told talkSPORT: "I found the players an absolute delight to work with."

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