Key to Chelsea resurgence is hard work, insists André Villas-Boas
Chelsea boss is confident his side can turn around their run of poor results by continuing to put in the hours on the training pitch
André Villas-Boas admits there is little else Chelsea can do but “work hard” to turn around their recent poor form.
The Blues’ run of three losses in four league games was compounded by Wednesday’s Champions League defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.
And although the 34-year-old coach admits concerns over his team’s performances are “legitimate”, he is confident they will soon turn their fortunes around by stringing together a run of positive results.
“I believe a lot in the work that we do,” said Villas-Boas. “When a good result comes you will have to continue on the run of good results – if you are able to do that you gain the self-confidence that you need to take you to the other objectives.
“If you continue up and down it will be more difficult. At the moment we are playing three games in three days and every time gives a chance to get back to winning ways.
“We’ll do everything in our power to avoid these results from continuing by focusing on hard work – that’s the only thing we can do.”
Chelsea have fallen 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and host Wolves on Saturday before welcoming Liverpool to Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.
“Results in football are the key to a manager’s sustainability,” he continued. “I have no problem with it. I didn’t come here to be a failure, I came here to be a success.
“It’s a project of high expectations and mine at the moment are negative – there is no running away from it. But it doesn’t mean that the project won’t continue to go and that doesn’t mean that we don’t have the talent to [turn around] the run of negative results.
“On this run it’s legitimate that people are not happy. Everybody must do their job – and we’re trying to do ours.”
Villas-Boas admits Chelsea have been punished for uncharacteristic lapses in concentration in defence – but the Portuguese says his side must address their problems as a group.
“We have to look at the collective mistakes and address them collectively, as a group,” he said. “Those mistakes – focus, concentration, aggressiveness – those are the most difficult things to work on because it’s almost like they are not coachable.
“Concentration depends on state of mind, on how you feel a couple of minutes before you make the decision. We don’t want it to become a pattern of mistakes. The work that we do is the only thing that we use to get out of this situation.”
He added: “I don’t ask for time time, I demand results from myself. I’m not worried – I’m confident we can avert this thing.”