Make mine a dou­ble, says Vil­las-boas

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AN­DRE VIL­LAS-BOAS is aim­ing to get the crit­ics off his back by guid­ing Chelsea to Cham­pi­ons League and FA Cup glory.

The Blues boss ac­cepts he has as much chance of get­ting his hands on the Premier League crown as Joey Bar­ton has of giv­ing up his Twit­ter rants.

And AVB in­sisted it was im­por­tant to “get the team back to its strong be­lief and go on to try to make an im­pact on those tro­phies” af­ter his side squan­dered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Manch­ester United on Sun­day.

“We set out with a team that we be­lieve in for this sea­son and we will con­tinue to pur­sue the tro­phies that we have in our hands and try to win them,” said Vil­las-boas.

“One of them is the FA Cup and the other is the Cham­pi­ons League.


“We are still in with a chance and we will con­tinue to pur­sue those ob­jec­tives so we are fully fo­cused on them.”

The Chelsea chief was given a fit­ness boost for Satur­day’s Premier League game at Ever­ton when John Obi Mikel re­turned to full train­ing af­ter seven weeks on the side­lines.

The Nige­ria in­ter­na­tional has been out since suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury in De­cem­ber’s 1-1 draw at Tot­ten­ham.

Fel­low mid­fielder Frank Lam­pard is also on course to make his re­turn at Good­i­son Park af­ter miss­ing the last three matches with a calf prob­lem.

That leaves cap­tain John Terry and mid­field ace Ramires (both knee) as the Blues’ only in­jured play­ers.

Vil­las-boas is hop­ing both will be avail­able for the fol­low­ing week­end’s FA Cup clash with Birm­ing­ham.

The Cham­pi­ons League last-16 first leg at Napoli comes next and a good re­sult at Ever­ton could be cru­cial to Chelsea’s hopes in the two cup com­pe­ti­tions.

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