Villas-Boas spots Cups of promise


Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking for a much-needed confidence boost when his side take part in two Cup competitions over the coming week.

The Blues host Birmingham in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend, before a trip to Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Without a victory in four Premier League matches, the former Porto boss will welcome the double-header away from the domestic table, with a lengthy break until the clash against Bolton at Stamford Bridge on February 25th.

"There are two different competitions now ahead of us and two competitions where we want to show a different quality. We have to prepare for Birmingham and then Napoli," said 'AVB' after the recent defeat to Everton.

"They are two competitions where we are in a very good position and we have to rebuild confidence. We are in the last 16 of the FA Cup and we hope to continue to progress. That shows the spirit and resilience in a different competition."

Pressure continues to mount on Villas-Boas in west London, with owner Roman Abramovich a recent regular at the club's training ground following the run of bad results.

And Villas-Boas has no problems taking the criticism from both the media and fans, admitting that not everybody can be kept happy at any stage of a managerial reign.

"If there are people entitled to say that, it is the fans. Their expectations and demands are the most respected ones, they are the essence of the football club," added the Portuguese manager.

"It doesn't mean their opinion is the one we have to share - we thought about it on the bench and we thought it [substitution] was the solution. I think the disappointment they have is exactly the same we have, massive disappointment and the sadness they feel is one we feel.

"We have been very competent away from home normally, but this wasn't the case and we were not up to our level. Hopefully we can repay them with a good FA Cup win and progression in the Champions League."

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