Andre Villas-Boas seeks Chelsea response at Bayer Leverkusen

Champions League

Venue:
BayArena, Leverkusen
Date:
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Kick-off:
1945 GMT
Coverage:
BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live and ITV 1

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Chelsea's Andre Villas-Boas hopes to get 'back on track'

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says his side can put their recent run of disappointing results behind them when they face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Portuguese is under pressure after three league defeats in four matches.

"We can turn the results around," he said. "The emotions that these people lived last year [on a run of one win in nine league games] are enough to make people want to avoid that stigma.

"It's a chance to get back on track."

Villas-Boas has endured the worst start of any Chelsea manager since owner Roman Abramovich took control at Stamford Bridge in 2003.

But the 34-year-old is not concerned that his future at the club may be in doubt.

"When results like this happen, the head of the manager is called for execution," he said.

"I'm not worried by the comments. I want to get my team winning. We'll try and do that against Leverkusen.

"Football is a moment and at the moment we are in a negative run of results and that's what we have to face every day.

"Our focus is to win the game bearing in mind the run of results we've had and based on the fact we've been doing nothing else when we've set out our team. We will set out our team to attack."

The former Porto manager believes that Chelsea's players will use last season's dip in form as motivation this term, as they recall a two-month slump from early November 2010, a period which came after a defeat by Liverpool, the team who also beat them on Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen manager Robin Dutt is backing Villas-Boas to turn Chelsea's fortunes around, saying: "He has achieved quite a lot with Porto.

"And, if Chelsea pay around £13m for a coach, they must consider it worth it. He's well respected, has made a good reputation, and his quality is there to see. He'll do well at Chelsea."

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