Villas-Boas defiant after Liverpool defeat


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas remains insistent that he has the full backing of the club despite the Blues tasting defeat for the third time in four Barclays Premier League games after falling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Portuguese boss has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks as matters on and off the field took a turn for the worse following a promising start to life in west London, culminating in Glen Johnson slotting home an 87th minute winner to leave the Blues 12 points off the pace of league leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has garnered a reputation as being somewhat trigger-happy having gone through six managers since buying the club back in 2003 as the Russian billionaire goes in pursuit of winning the much coveted but so far elusive UEFA Champions League.

Reports suggest Abramovich has been far from impressed by Chelsea’s start to the season under Villas-Boas, who he paid around £13 million for to release him from his contract with Porto, however the 34-year-old is adamant he is not feeling the pressure from above, and believes hew has time to mold the squad he inherited from Carlo Ancelotti.

"He didn't pay €15 million to get me out of Porto and doesn't want to pay another fortune to get me out of here," Villas-Boas told reporters.

"It is not a question of the owner losing patience. We have set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to what we are building for the future."

Chelsea have come in for criticism having already shipped more goals than they did in the entire 2004/05 under Jose Mourinho, while back to back defeats at Stamford Bridge for the first time since Abramovich took over the club has further piled the pressure on Villas-Boas.

"There is no running away from our responsibilities," the Blues boss commented. "There is no calling this a year of transition, no calling for time to do our work.

"Our responsibility is to win the most amount of trophies we can and at the moment we are in four competitions.

"It is not the brightest of starts in the Premier League for Chelsea in the last 10 years, but the belief is there from the team and that is what we have to focus on."

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