Everton 2-0 Chelsea: What Andre Villas-Boas Did Wrong
People were proclaiming André Villas-Boas a genius, the second coming of the Special One, when he arrived at Stamford Bridge.
I don't see a genius, but I do foresee life in the unemployment sector for the Portuguese manager.
Here are the mistakes he made in the 2-0 loss to Everton.
Starting José Bosingwa Is Like Playing Russian Roulette
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André Villas-Boas' persistence in starting José Bosingwa is generally always a factor when Chelsea drop points.
Bosingwa is constantly in la la land when it comes to defending.
He has the mentality of a forward playing at right-back.
Why does he have an innate knack of switching off at the most important moments?
Steven Pienaar just got straight in front of him and it's 1-0 to Everton.
In the 51st minute with Pienaar veering away from goals, the Portuguese "defender" needlessly hacked the South African.
Granted, the proceeding Leighton Baines free kick hit the wall, but it's low football IQ from Bosingwa to give a set piece specialist like Baines a chance.
Nine minutes later, Pienaar embarrassed Bosingwa in samba-like fashion.
Villas-Boas has Branislav Ivanović, who is a solid right-back, yet he plays Bosingwa.
2 Wide Forwards Who Don't Want to Play out Wide
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There is no point in playing two wide forwards when they don't want to play out wide.
Both drift centrally to get the ball and as a result, Fernando Torres is deprived of possible goal-scoring opportunities.
This is further compounded when both Ashley Cole and José Bosingwa don't consistently whip in crosses.
It took André Villas-Boas 69 minutes to finally move Mata centrally after Florent Malouda was subbed on to play out wide.
Raul Meireles and Michael Essien
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Why was Michael Essien playing further up the field than Raul Meireles?
Essien is the better defender, so he should be playing in front of the defence.
The Ghanaian contributed nothing from an offensive perspective.
Did André Villas-Boas think he was going to change Essien's position like Massimiliano Allegri did with Kevin-Prince Boateng?
Team Does Not Believe in André Villas-Boas
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Chelsea are playing like a team that has given up on their manager.
They know André Villas-Boas will be fired, thus explaining why the team is showing no heart, no determination, no commitment and no team work.
Mediocre Attack and Pitiful Defence
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At the end of the day, there are two reasons why André Villas-Boas has been a bad manager at Chelsea.
He's inexplicably managed to turn Chelsea's strength, their defence, into their weakness.
You know Villas-Boas has lost it when Everton played the more attractive and incisive football.
Even though Napoli haven't been on fire, I will guarantee that Villas-Boas will find a way to lose.
Of course, this is assuming he won't be fired after today.
Remember, Carlo Ancelotti's last game was against Everton.
I will add, it would be foolish to fire Villas-Boas right now, because he should be given a chance to redeem himself in the UEFA Champions League.
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