Vil­las-boas has Mour prob­lems with his play­ers

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

AN­DRE VIL­LAS-BOAS has been told he made a mas­sive mis­take quit­ting FC Porto for Chelsea.

The Blues boss is un­der grow­ing pres­sure af­ter his side slipped out of the top four.

And the pres­i­dent of his for­mer club, Pinto da Costa, has cranked up the heat by claim­ing Vil­lasBoas should have stayed put.

The Porto supremo reck­ons his for­mer man­ager has no chance of mak­ing his mark while se­nior Chelsea play­ers are still in touch with Jose Mour­inho.

And Da Costa ad­mits he wouldn’t be sur­prised to see Vil­las-boas fol­low in Mour­inho’s foot­steps for a sec­ond time and trade Chelsea for In­ter Mi­lan.

Da Costa said: “I think Vil­las-boas is do­ing well at Chelsea.

Fight­ing

“He only needs time to fine-tune the squad but this is im­pos­si­ble when there are play­ers ex­chang­ing text mes­sages with Mour­inho.

“The only thing that could make him leave Chelsea is if the team fail to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League.

“If he were to leave Chelsea, I’m sure he will be­come the next coach at In­ter Mi­lan.

“In the past, I said the same thing about Mour­inho. How­ever, in my opin­ion Vil­las-boas made a mis­take to leave Porto so soon. He thought that it was a unique op­por­tu­nity, but he would surely have got other of­fers like that.”

Frank Lam­pard is find­ing it par­tic­u­larly galling to be out of the ti­tle race so soon.

The Blues mid­fielder said: “We have been fight­ing to win leagues. Now we are fight­ing for fourth and that hurts.

“We know we are in a bad way and we have to dig our­selves out of it.”

PRES­SURE: Vil­las-boas

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