Monday 23 April 2018

Ramires urges Chelsea to back coach Andre Villas-Boas

CHELSEA midfielder Ramires says that it is an "injustice" that manager Andre Villas-Boas is taking responsibility for Chelsea's disappointing form this season.

Chelsea appeared set to drop more points against Wolves until Frank Lampard produced a late goal to secure a 2-1 win and end a four-match run without a win.

And Ramires, who scored the opener at Molineux, admitted that if owner Roman Abramovich continues his penchant of changing managers, then Chelsea have little hope of securing another league title in the near future.

"If Andre leaves, someone else will come - and if it keeps going on like that, we won't get anywhere," he said. "The players know what Andre has done for the club.

"It's an injustice to make the manager the one who's responsible for everything that happens with a team. He's doing what he can until the players go on the pitch.

"From that moment, it's not up to him, it's not for him to run or compete for a ball. This is all part of the period of adaptation. We're trying to do what he wants but, unfortunately, there are times when we won't win.

Since Jose Mourinho left Stamford Bridge in 2007, Chelsea have employed five managers, but with Villas-Boas under pressure to earn the plaudits from Abramovich, Ramires says it is the players who must perform.

He added: "We're not playing badly. We have to go on the pitch with a seriousness and desire to win until the end."

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