AVB - I must inspire Blues
Andre Villas-Boas admits he must be responsible for rescuing Chelsea's season after the Blues crashed to a damaging defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.
Last Updated: 24/11/11 8:04am
Andre Villas-Boas admits he must be responsible for rescuing Chelsea's season after the Blues crashed to a damaging UEFA Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.
The Premier League outfit are now in real danger of missing out on the knockout phase of the tournament and must win at home to Valencia in their final Group E clash to be sure of progress, while a goalless draw would also suffice provided Genk do not defeat Leverkusen.
With their domestic form also not what owner Roman Abramovich would expect - their 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool was a third reverse in four - the spotlight is firmly on Villas-Boas following their last-gasp defeat in Germany.
Didier Drogba had fired Chelsea into the lead early in the second half at the BayArena, only for Leverkusen to level through substitute Eren Derdiyok in the 73rd minute, with Manuel Friedrich heading in an injury-time winner.
Villas-Boas acknowledged confidence was low in his squad, saying: "But that's when they expect the manager to inspire them.
"That's my job. That's my task, to inspire these people and motivate these people to change our faith.
"The responsibility is mine and it's my task now to inspire and motivate them to take them to a win against Wolves and certainly after to a win against Liverpool in the Carling Cup.
"We have two games at home. We need to get the focus, concentration right, I have to inspire my players and motivate them, and we need our fans behind us in these critical moments.
"It's in our hands to qualify. It's a game at Stamford Bridge and we expect to do our job. That's our responsibility and we don't want to let the fans down."
Dizzy and sick
Leverkusen's comeback began minutes after the much-maligned David Luiz was withdrawn for Alex, with the home side soon responding by throwing on Derdiyok, who scored moments later.
Villas-Boas said: "David was feeling very, very dizzy at half-time and sick.
"He decided to continue, to make the effort for the team, but could no longer continue."