ANDRE Villas-Boas claimed last night that he will be given time to create a "new Chelsea", although he conceded that he had to arrest his team's "bad run" as quickly as possible following the damaging 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool.
"The amount of goals we are conceding is something that worries me," he said, with Chelsea having already conceded 19 league goals this season -- four more than they did in all of the 2004-05 campaign.
However, Villas-Boas quickly added: "But we trust our defensive organisation. It's immense talent that we have at our disposal and we believe we'll get it right.
"We are as a club on a bad run, as players and staff. We want to win things. It's not a question of 'me'. We are solid as a group. No one wants to experience defeats. We need to organise ourselves a little bit better.
"When you are conceding in situations like this, and being so low in the league, you focus on the details that you have to get right. That's exactly what we're doing and where we have to improve."
The 34-year-old Portuguese, who arrived in the summer from Porto on a three-year contract, knows that time is a precious commodity at Chelsea given the demands placed on his managers by owner Roman Abramovich.
However he said: "The owner didn't pay €15million (to activate a release clause) to get me out of Porto to pay me another fortune to get me out (of Chelsea)."
The remark was nowhere near as aggressive, but there was a discernible echo of a brash remark made by Jose Mourinho -- Villas-Boas's former mentor -- six months before his departure from Chelsea in September 2007. "If the club decides to sack me because of bad results that's part of the game. If that happens I'll be a millionaire," Mourinho said.
Villas-Boas will not have intended a parallel but he will be aware that, despite his reasoning, Abramovich does not always conform to rational thought. Nevertheless the manager added: "It's not a question of the owner having patience.
"We have set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to taking what we're building to the future."
Abramovich might not appreciate the Mourinho-like sentiment but he will have endorsed Villas-Boas's view that Chelsea have to remain in the hunt for trophies.
"There's no running away from responsibilities," the manager said. "There's no calling this a transitional period. We're not calling for time to work. Our responsibility is to win trophies.
"We're in four (competitions) still, and we have the possibility to win them."
Chelsea are 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City and are one of four clubs on 22 points. "The situation in the league is not good for us," Villas-Boas conceded. "It's not impossible to turn it around, but it's not the brightest of starts for Chelsea in the Premiership in the last 10 years, but the belief is there.
"It doesn't look good being 12 points behind the leaders, a strong leader, but the December fixtures give us hope if we're able to make the most of it."
There was only one moment when he bridled -- when asked for his response to criticisms of David Luiz by television pundit Gary Neville, who claimed: "You wonder if he's being controlled by a 10 year-old in the crowd with a PlayStation."
To that, Villas-Boas said: "I don't think so.
"Gary was a fantastic defender. It's a stupid approach to an opinion, but if that's the way he wants to take the game, that's ridiculous."