Chelsea FC: 6 Players Who Want Andre Villas-Boas Fired
André Villas-Boas would rather start Didier Drogba, whose contract expires at the end of the season, than motivate Torres to perform like a £50 million valued forward.
Chelsea paid £13.3 million just to sign Villas-Boas, but the Portuguese manager has failed to recognize that Juan Mata is the key to Torres re-capturing remnants of his old self.
Mata needs to play behind Torres, but Villas-Boas is insistent on starting No. 10 out wide and letting him cut in and not track the opposing full-back.
What tactical sense does that make? Villas-Boas may as well start Mata from a central position and do away with the wide forwards.
The Portuguese manager has also failed to address Daniel Sturridge's unwillingness to play a supporting role.
The Englishman has taken 64 shots from a wide position compared to Torres' 45 shots as the centre forward.
José "I can't defend" Bosingwa starting three games as a left-back is enough of a reason for Ryan Bertrand to want André Villas-Boas fired.
No one is saying Bertrand will become a world class left-back (he might), but one can safely assume that he'd fare better than Bosingwa.
Bertrand was excluded from the UEFA Champions League squad, which makes no sense whatsoever because there was no backup left-back.
John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel has been frozen out of André Villas-Boas' plans since that mistake against Liverpool.
What crushes Mikel is the fact he has sacrificed his statistics and he's naturally an attacking midfielder, not a holding midfielder.
What people might not know is that he completes 77.5 percent of long passes, so in a way, he's a poor man's Andrea Pirlo.
What further dents Mikel's morale is Raul Meireles, who has been sub-par, consistently starting games.
André Villas-Boas again proves his managerial mediocrity by hindering Romelu Lukaku's development.
How is it that a physical phenom like Lukaku is not being utilized off the bench in every game?
Why was he excluded from the UEFA Champions League squad?
Like with Kevin De Bruyne, it was not Villas-Boas' decision to buy Lukaku, hence why the Belgian has not been given a fair run.
André Villas-Boas made a massive mistake when he attempted to push Frank Lampard out of the club.
Lampard said his relationship with Villas-Boas has "not been ideal."
Here is David Luiz's opinion of Lampard: "He must stick to listening to the boss' orders and accept them. No player can forget he's just an employee."
If you read between the lines of Luiz's quote, it appears that Lampard does not respect Villas-Boas' managerial prowess and why would he?
The Chelsea legend knows he'll outlast Villas-Boas because the Portuguese manager may as well start looking for a new job.
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