Under-fire Chelsea boss Villas-Boas vows to improve Blues' fortunes after 1-2 loss to Leverkusen makes progression difficult
Andre Villas-Boas admits it is up to him to turn Chelsea's season around after watching his side crash to another last-gasp defeat that left them in real danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase.
Stunned: Chelsea players look gutted after 1-2 loss to Leverkusen. Pic/AFP
Winger Florent Malouda claimed last night Villas-Boas was not to blame for the Blues' worst start to a campaign since Roman Abramovich bought the club, but the new manager insisted this evening it was his responsibility to arrest their slide.
Failure to do so quickly will test billionaire owner Abramovich's patience to breaking point, with Chelsea having always finished in the Premier League top four and reached the last 16 of the Champions League during the Russian's tenure.
Almost anything that can go wrong is going wrong for the Blues at present, with tonight's Group E defeat to Bayer Leverkusen the latest calamity. Chelsea were heading for victory until the 73rd minute but conceded a stoppage-time goal to lose 2-1 at the BayArena.
That followed another late defeat to Liverpool, their third loss in four Premier League games. Villas-Boas acknowledged confidence was low: "That's when they expect the manager to inspire them. "That's my job. That's my task, to inspire these people and motivate these people. The responsibility is mine."
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