Bosingwa backs AVB


Jose Bosingwa has backed Andre Villas-Boas to turn things around at Chelsea, and insists his Portuguese compatriot has the support of all the players despite the club's current plight.

Recent reports have suggested that the 34-year-old manager's position at Stamford Bridge is under scrutiny after a poor run of form that has seen the Blues lose three of their last four Barclays Premier League games.

After falling to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, Chelsea's misery was further compounded with defeat in the UEFA Champions League at Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

Villas-Boas' side now face a final game showdown with Valencia as they bid to make the knockout phase, and they will also be looking for a positive response in Saturday's home clash with Wolves, in an attempt to close the 12-point gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"Everyone was down after the defeat in Leverkusen," said Bosingwa. "No-one expected it and we need to change the direction of our season.

"The dressing room has been affected by the defeats and now we have to relaunch our season."

There had been question marks over Bosingwa's own future in recent months, but the 29-year-old has enjoyed a new lease of life since the appointment of Villas-Boas in the summer, and now the defender has spoken on behalf of the squad to reaffirm the manager has the backing of the dressing room.

"Andre Villas-Boas is a big coach," he added. "Nobody doubts him [or] that he can do the right job for Chelsea.

"But we are conceding late goals, dropping points, and it's impossible to fight for big titles if we keep doing that."

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