Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

No arrogance at Chelsea, claims AVB

Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions Chelsea were an arrogant football club amid their most turbulent week since his appointment as manager.

It would be premature to declare a crisis at Stamford Bridge but the Blues have been under siege in the past six days, which have seen them hit by a humiliating defeat, three more red cards, the John Terry racism storm, two — potentially three — Football Association fines and a supporter revolt.

Ahead of today’s home meeting with Arsenal Villas-Boas rejected claims he or the club were guilty of arrogance.

“No, I don't think so — not really,” said the 34-year-old, .

“I think it happens to every club in different situations. The (Carlos) Tevez story has been carrying on for weeks and weeks since it happened. So I have nothing to say — it's part of the job.”

Bringing up Manchester City's problems with Tevez merely supports the suspicion top clubs are far more likely to find themselves mired in controversy.

That is, of course, largely the result of the increased media attention upon them but Villas-Boas is adamant that did not mean there had been an agenda against Chelsea of late.

“No, no, no — not at all,” he said. “I have no problem with what your editorial choices are, or what your opinion-making is.”

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