Champions League or bust for Chelsea
December 1, 2011
Chelsea’s season appears to be dangling by a thread after this week’s Carling Cup quarter-final defeat, with manager Andre Villas-Boas admitting the Champions League has now become “life or death” for the club. The under-fire tactician saw his young Chelsea side suffer a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, further damaging the club’s poor first half of the season.
With it looking like the Premiership title is now beyond Chelsea’s grasp and the trophy staying in Manchester, the Champions League and the FA Cup will be the only chance for Villas-Boas to pick up some silverware from this campaign. People following the best Champions League odds online will know this.
The former Porto head coach has admitted his side will need to play a lot better in the Champions League than the sort of performances they have been producing in recent weeks. Villas-Boas also made it clear Europe this season has now taken on a whole new significance following the shocking run Chelsea have been on recently.
“The Champions League is a competition that is life and death and this standard won’t be enough,” he said.
“We will need to up the tempo and play that game with the ultimate desire.”
The Londoners will welcome Valencia to Stamford Bridge in their make or break final Group E tie. If the pressure wasn’t already on the young Portuguese manager, then it will certainly be on him if Chelsea fail to secure their place in the next round of the Champions League.