Chelsea wrong to sack Andre Villas-Boas, insists PSG’s Alex
PSG defender Alex believes Andre Villas-Boas should have been given more time to prove himself at Chelsea
Alex has claimed Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas should have been given more time at Chelsea.
The Brazilian swapped the Blues for Paris Saint-Germain in January after falling out of favour under Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas was appointed as Harry Redknapp’s successor at Tottenham earlier this month after the Portuguese coach had his contract terminated by Chelsea in March following a string of disappointing results and rumours of squad unrest.
And Alex, who played under seven different managers during his time at Chelsea, has criticised Blues owner Roman Abramovich for sacking the former Porto boss despite Chelsea going on to win the FA Cup and Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo.
“Andre should have been given more time,” Alex told Champions magazine.
“After all, the club spent a lot of money getting him from Porto and needed to take into account that there was a new manager with new players to settle in.
“Everybody was starting to look over their shoulders because Manchester City had arrived in the top four and Spurs were catching up.”
The 30-year-old linked up with his former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti at PSG earlier this year, and despite the enormous amount of money the club’s Qatari owners have already spent on new signings, Alex insisted the atmosphere is not intense at the Ligue 1 outfit.
“We [at PSG] certainly aren’t under the same amount of pressure,” he claimed. “Mr Abramovich never hesitated to show up and demand more effort – there were several team meetings.
“We’ve met representatives of the owners, but the relationship at PSG is definitely less intense.
“A team needs at least two seasons to gel properly and get itself into a position to challenge regularly for trophies.
“When I joined PSG it was clear to me that we would not start winning things overnight.
“It’s understandable that the arrival of the new owners and all the media coverage the team was receiving could get people over-excited.
“But the players were always aware that we are in the process of building a foundation.”