André Villas-Boas: Booing Chelsea fans have right to have their say
Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas admits the jeering by disgruntled Blues fans is the "most valuable" criticism his team can have
André Villas-Boas believes Chelsea fans were fully within their rights to voice their discontent after the Blues suffered a surprise 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas’s side were booed off after the final whistle as the Londoners stumbled to their third home league defeat of the season and slipped out of the top four.
The 34-year-old Portuguese manager said that the jeering by Blues fans was “acceptable” and the “most valuable” criticism his team could have.
“The fans have a right to show their disappointment,” he said. “Their away support has been magnificent. Their home support is improving. They know they can make a difference and we need them, but there is no running away or making excuses.
“We have lost a big opportunity in the last four games to shorten the gap to the leaders. We would have been in the running for the title if we’d had a better December. The booing is the most valuable criticism we have. It is acceptable and we take on board.”
The Chelsea boss also conceded that the team’s chances of challenging for the Premier League title are now “fantasy” and admitted they must now focus on finishing in the top four.
“The minimum requirement for a club like this is first place,” he continued. “But I don’t think the title is realistic. That is fantasy.
“Our reality has to be a top-four finish, but even that would not be good enough. We have to continue to pursue the best possible finish for the league, and what will be a more humble finish for this club.”