Aa André Villas-Boas know you're under pressure at Stamford Bridge
forecast : 3rd (This is not the prediction Fifield Sunday, but the average of our writers writers tips Guardian)position last season
: 2 º
chances of winning the league
was Marcel Desailly, who summarized the task facing Andre Villas-Boas more succinctly. "All the pressure is on the shoulders of the coach," said the former captain of Chelsea. "Everything depends on him." The Portuguese, at 33, back to Stamford Bridge this summer with only 20 months experience in management behind him, accused of succeeding where he had seen a recent double winning coach had failed. He said a lot of Villas-Boas innate self-confidence that has been immersed in his new role with gusto.These players have won great reputation, but also a group that has claimed the Premier League only once since the second season of Mourinho at the club, and not as rivals for the Champions League with faded Carlo Ancelotti. In the last quarter of the fall sad midseason was a profound shock, with the Italian did not recover to their inability to arrest the decline until the actual damage had been done. Roman Abramovich does not update to fail, and the reaction of some perplexity, the management of the crisis was not likely to be tolerated. Elimination of Europe rather than sealed the fate of Ancelotti.
These same players remain, making it inevitable fears of a repetition. Logic suggested that summer was an opportunity to renew, the new director might try to restructure and modernize. Instead, you chose to keep the faith, or perhaps more realistic, while recognizing the practical aspects that hinder efforts to reinvent Chelsea. The best players on wages are important, limiting the number of applicants able to attract them away.
Anzhi Makhachkala Russia Yuri Zhirkov make an exception - to return home to a club money flushed able to pay their salaries. Others, such as Jose Bosingwa and Paulo Ferreira, can not be changed. Nicolas Anelka, too, chose to see the final year of his contract and leave for nothing next summer instead of transferring now. Rule 25 players in team Premier League, and a reluctance to keep players that can not be used, defined the strategy of the club: waste of money, to date, was limited to January
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