Villas-Boas anger at Chelsea’s ‘massive’ Europa League bonus

Andre Villas-Boas believes it is "extremely unfair" that Chelsea have been handed a spot in the Europa League last 32

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Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham have reached the Europa League last 32 Photo: Back Page Images

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Andre Villas-Boas does not believe Chelsea deserve to be handed a spot in the Europa League following their Champions League group-stage failure.

The Blues were parachuted down into Europe’s second-tier competition after failing to navigate their way out of the group stage, becoming the first holders of the competition to fall at the first hurdle.

The teams that finished third in their Champions League group are automatically handed a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.

But Villas-Boas, whose Tottenham Hotspur side booked their place in the knockout phase of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane on Thursday, believes the rules need addressing by Uefa.

“I think it’s extremely unfair,” said Villas-Boas. “It would be much fairer if the clubs came in to the Europa League when they are knocked out of the last 16 of the Champions League.”

“You can’t give a bonus to teams who have failed, and in the situation as it stands, teams fail in the Champions League and are promoted to the Europa League, which, in my opinion, is a massive bonus.

“I’ve not made this up today. I have said this in Uefa meetings before. It’s up to them to decide but I think it’s not fair.”

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