Tottenham’s Villas-Boas backs Chelsea fans over Benítez dissent
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Chelsea supporters have a right to boo interim manager Rafael Benítez
Andre Villas-Boas believes Chelsea supporters have a “right” to express their disapproval at the appointment of interim manager Rafael Benitez.
The 35-year-old took charge of Spurs in June after being sacked by Roman Abramovich in March following an unsuccessful eight-month stint at Stamford Bridge.
His successor Roberto Di Matteo left the Blues after a 3-0 loss to Juventus in the Champions League last week, with Benítez replacing the Italian on a six-month contract.
The club’s fans voiced their unhappiness at Di Matteo’s sacking and his successor’s appointment during a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
And Villas-Boas reckons fans should be allowed to voice their opinions.
“The fans have the right to everything in my opinion,” said Villas-Boas.
“They are the ones who breathe the biggest passion for the football club, they are the essence and they breathe the values of the football club.
“They are entitled to whatever they want to say or chant; disappointment, belief, encouragement, positiveness.
“It is all down to them, football is about them, it is about their passion. They have the right more than anybody to show that.
“[As a manager] you have to take it. Sometimes we don’t like what we hear but that’s life.”