Chelsea manager backs philosophy

Villas-Boas feels the Premiership title race is well underwayAndre Villas-Boas has admitted that despite Chelsea’s 5-3 loss to Arsenal on Saturday, he will not be changing his attacking style.

Robin van Persie bagged an amazing hat-trick on Saturday, as the Blues conceded five goals at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1989, as Arsenal clinched all three points in the intense London derby.

Villas-Boas’ tactics were criticised following the heavy defeat, but the Portuguese manager has shrugged off comments that he should change his philosophy, and believes that he will work on the defensive problems Chelsea showed against Arsenal.

“The philosophy is a personal value and a club value,” explained Villas-Boas. “You should never sell it cheaply.
“It is something that makes us all proud and we will stick to this philosophy throughout this league. It is our way of playing, we are proud of the way we play and we just have to correct things to get a positive result.”

John Terry was pointed at for the blame of Van Persie’s thrid goal, as the defender slipped to allow the Dutchman through on goal, however Villas-Boas has backed his defenders.
Villas-Boas added, “We fought hard to get to 3-3, the emotions were behind us and it could have gone either way,” added Villas-Boas. “If we can recall, there was a 3-1 result at Old Trafford, Man United thought they could swing it and they lost 6-1. We were punished in that sense.

“You have to take the last two goals out of the situation, because one is a slip from a player [John Terry] to leave the other player [Robin van Persie] one against one so is nothing to do with defensive organisation and the other is when you are trying to do something with three minutes on the clock.

“Before this we were one of the three best defences in the Premier League. We committed mistakes that we will try to evolve and maybe we can improve them for the game against Blackburn.”

The young manager then supported Terry who has become the subject of an FA investigation that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Villas-Boas claims that the England captain was not distracted by recent reports.

“No, it was not distracting,” continued Villas-Boas. “I don’t think so. For me there is an investigation. It is a misunderstanding, let them investigate.”

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