ANDRE Villas-Boas is on his hands and knees praying for inspiration from somewhere to stop Chelsea's slide towards mediocrity and an inevitable Siberian blast from Stamford Bridge supremo Roman Abramovich.
The baby-faced boss, less than a year older than Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, has made a passionate appeal to Chelsea fans to get behind his struggling team after Champions League disappointment in Germany.
Defeat by Bayer Leverkusen last night leaves Chelsea on the brink of Champions League elimination and Villas-Boas firmly in the line of fire now that Guus Hiddink is looking for work.
Chelsea dropped to second place in Group E behind the Germans and on the same points as Valencia. The Spanish club trounced Genk 7-0 and will qualify with a superior goal difference if they can manage a score draw or a win at Stamford Bridge in two weeks time.
"We will need Stamford Bridge completely behind us to get the intensity right and the emotions right for the game," Villas-Boas said.
"We need to get the focus and concentration right. I have to inspire my players and motivate them, and we need our fans behind us in these critical moments."