Belfast Telegraph

Villas-Boas slams boo-boys

Andre Villas-Boas has warned the Stamford Bridge boo-boys they will only succeed in derailing Chelsea's Barclays Premier League title bid if they fail to get behind the team this season.

Some supporters jeered the Blues from the field at half-time of Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Brom, following a dismal opening 45 minutes in Villas-Boas' first home game in charge.

"To go past a season in the Premier League, where you have to win it back, you need the full support of everybody," Villas-Boas said. "Everybody must get involved. You must feel the presence of the public in a supporting way."

He added: "This team wants to be champions again. The public wants to be champions and demands it. We are listening to their demands and we want to perform but we need their full support all the time."

Villas-Boas felt the "anxiety" of supporters - sparked by Shane Long's fourth-minute opener - translated to his players, who failed to perform until a half-time pep talk.

The Portuguese insisted he had not felt the heat himself, despite staring his first league defeat for 16 months in the face at half-time.

Villas-Boas' Porto won the Portuguese title without losing a game last season and also claimed the Europa League but the 33-year-old revealed there were plenty of scares along the way.

"I think I suffered a couple," he said. "It just happens. It's a game."

Villas-Boas also dismissed suggestions Fernando Torres was more anxious than most, despite the £50million man being substituted after once again failing to find the net.

"I think it was a good contribution from everybody, to be fair," he said. "How many games have different behaviours from players from one half to another?"


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