AVB unperturbed by exit talk


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says he is more focused on returning to winning ways against Bayer Leverkusen than discussing his future at Stamford Bridge.

With just one win in four games, Villas-Boas' side will be keen to turn their fortunes around in time for the trip to Germany in the UEFA Champions League, where victory will confirm their passage to the last-16.

And gaining such a win is all that the Portuguese tactician is worried about.

"I understand at the moment why we're going through this, so I'm not making any excuses," he said. "When results like this happen, the head of the manager is called for execution - but I'm not worried with the comments.

"All I want is to get my team back to winning ways and we'll try to do that against Bayer Leverkusen.

"As we enter a run of results - the same negative spiral that this team went through last year - we don't want to go into a similar run of nine games," he added.

"We can turn the results round. The emotions that these people lived last year are enough to make people want to avoid that stigma this time."

Defeat to Liverpool at the weekend further swelled the pressure on Villas-Boas, whose Chelsea side were expected to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.

However, back-to-back London derby league defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal, coupled with the draw with Genk dismantled the Blues' impressive start to the season which now sees them 12 points off leaders Manchester City.

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