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Chelsea Touchline Jester Talks 94 Goal City

Weirdo Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas appears to be losing more than his dressing room. The cat on hot bricks impressionist 'doesn't like the standards of City's football...'

It's an odd claim from an increasingly oddball character who is right under the Roman Abramovich spotlight. He's in serious danger of becoming the club's 6th managerial casualty inside 8 years.

The 34 year old Chelsea boss has held some erratic press conferences of late and his latest interview for Portuguese radio continues the trend of threatening to talk himself into a corner.

Ahead of a difficult trip to Fortress Etihad next month, bouyed by a home win over Bolton Wanderers, he's chosen the moment to speak out about the 4 month league leaders. He rambled:

'I refuse to build a team like City. I don't like the standards of their football. City is a very organised, efficient, well balanced team. All they want right now is to be champions. There's an exact formula to be successful in the Premier League, and that's what City is doing right now: attacking efficiency above all. They are an Italian team, they follow the Italian standards. If I saw them playing in Italy, I would say that's where they actually belong.'

City have hit 67 league goals in 26 games to date and have the country's meanest defence whereas AC Milan, the top side in Serie A have hit 49 goals in 25 games. That's a couple more than Chelsea's 47. It's not easy to understand what he's on about and not for the first time this season.

In the same interview he openly considers signing the pisspoor Hulk from FC Porto who would rival Liverpool T-Shirt icon Luis Suarez for shrieking turf plummeting any day of the week. Somebody should show the oligarch the Hulk's powder puff no shows against City over the past fortnight.

4 games of destiny start for the man they call AVB at West Brom on Saturday. If he can cling to his job long enough to show up in his dodgy raincoat in Manchester at the end of those fixtures, few in town will complain.

all times East Manchester
Sa 03 Mar 15:00 Bolton, The Etihad, PL
Th 08 Mar 18:00 S Lisbon, Estádio José Alvalade, ELR16
Sa 11 Mar 14:00 Swansea, Liberty Stadium, PL
Th 15 Mar 20:05 S Lisbon, The Etihad, ELR16
Mo 19 Mar 20:00 Chelsea, The Etihad, PL
Sa 24 Mar 17:30 Stoke, Britannia Stadium, PL
Sa 31 Mar 15:00 Sunderland, The Etihad, PL

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Writer:Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Tuesday February 28 2012
Time: 1:04PM


They must do a different version of April fools day in Portugal, as that's the only explanation for these utterly ludicrous comments from the man. AVB has well and truly lost the plot, I'd be surprised to see him still in his job on march 15th.
28/02/2012 13:20:00
So, we're incredibly efficient in front of goal and are scoring quite a bit...and he doesn't approve of that? Am I missing something?
28/02/2012 14:01:00
I'm at a loss Philly. Perhaps some of our Vital Chelsea friends could shed some light?
28/02/2012 14:11:00
I'd be inclined to give him the benefit of a bad translation because if he truly said that, he's lost his marbles. The statement is just wrong on so many levels. I've actually liked him up til now but these ramblings are just insane!
28/02/2012 14:16:00
Interesting quotes.... Where are they from? My only thoughts were whether he meant "I refuse to build a team like City" as he wouldn't buy the majority of his squad (not an insult!! We've been there and done that ourselves!). He then actually compliments you guys.... organised, efficient, balanced, using the exact formula. It sounds to me like a compliment but through strained teeth. Let's be fair, you guys have got arguably the best squad in the premiership and should be strong enough to win it. Man Utd have bought it in the past, so have we, so have Blackburn and now it's your turn. No shame in that. We're on the other end right now in trying to get some sort of balance between young and old players.... somewhere you guys might find yourselves in 4-5 years maybe?
28/02/2012 14:18:00
Ah just saw the bit about Hulk.... That means it was the portuguese radio interview?? I think this could be a bad case of poor translation as half the quote comes over as an insult and the other half comes over as a compliment.
28/02/2012 14:21:00
Not likely Bizarre, our average age is still only around 24 I believe and Mancini's policy appears to be to buy 'em young and develop them.
28/02/2012 14:23:00
Not to mention the huge investment in the Etihad Campus project. I'm not saying we'll produce players at the same rate as la Masia, but you can pretty much see who we've modelled our youth policy on. Guidetti is already earning rave reviews, as is Razak - Still have the likes of Cole, Bunn, Suarez, Rekik and Helan to come through, so I don't think we'll ever get into the situation where all our players are reaching the end of their careers at once. TNH, I feel a bit sorry for AVB walking into a dressing room where half the established players are the same age as him, and having to try and juggle their egos whilst replacing their fading powers. But I really do think his comments were a dig at us - for all the wrong reasons. The stress is showing, and as I said, I don't expect him to be in his job if you don't get past Napoli.
28/02/2012 14:29:00
Our average age was about the same when we won our first EPL. By the time you've added 4-6 years onto the clocks players start to get old, injured etc. Things become more difficult to manage. You either keep buying the best talent to replace your aging stars or you buy younger inexperienced talent to bring through your academy. The difficulty is that younger inexperienced players won't be as good as your older ones and you can fall into the trap of over-reliance and suddenly it becomes too late (trust me..... we're there now!).
28/02/2012 14:33:00
The reason you're there in my opinion Bizarre is because of the revolving door with managers. Jose was given long enough to put his own stamp on the squad. No other manager since has been afforded that luxury, therefore there was no natural transition in the squad as the managers since Jose used the old reliables and weren't given the time to implement their own ideas with fresh faces.
28/02/2012 14:47:00
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