Make mine a double, says Villas-boas
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.