If there is one issue I had to pick to highlight the incompetence of Villas-Boas as a manager, I would have to pick his handling of Fernando Torres.
If you've followed Torres this season, he has been nothing but sensational. Not only does he lead the attack but also comes back and defends as if his life was at stake. He has pulled out several man-of-the-match performances for Chelsea, yet he finds it extremely difficult to get on the scoresheet.
Against Sunderland, Torres executed a perfectly timed volley only to see it rattle off the crossbar and fall at Frank Lampard's feet to go in. Against Norwich, his sensational toe poke was saved perfectly by John Ruddy.
Against Manchester United, apart from that glaring miss, Torres was sensational. Against Swansea, he scored again. But, he was sent off and received a three-game domestic suspension. Yet, it looked as if fortunes were finally starting to change for Nando.
Torres scored twice in a victory over Genk in the Champions League, and you also have to remember that he has three assists in four Champions League appearances.
Here was a man starting to gain his form back again, proving to the world that he is still of world-class mould.
But what does Villas-Boas do? It seems that Villas-Boas has done everything to rob Torres of his last ounce of confidence.
He benches him time and again. Players who are on the verge of regaining their form and confidence need playing time—every manager knows that. It's pathetic that Villas-Boas doesn't.
He is benched in favor of Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba? The same player Villas-Boas refused to give a two-year contract to. The same Drogba who is about to leave Stamford Bridge.
Between his sending-off at Swansea and the commencement of the start of the African Cup of Nations, Fernando Torres has never played a full game besides a few lone starts. Against Blackburn, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Tottenham and Aston Villa, he played 45, six, 12, 11 and 12 minutes, respectively.
Drogba, on the other hand, except for an 11-minute spell against Swansea in September, has played almost each match in its entirety. What footballing philosophy is Villas-Boas espousing?