Abramovich sets Villas Boas’ objectives

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has admitted that he has been given objectives for the remainder of the season by club owner Roman Abramovich, after the pair met over the weekend.

The Russian oil tycoon is known for his ruthless nature in dismissing coaches, with the Portuguese trainer under pressure to deliver success at Stamford Bridge.

The duo met ahead of Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, and Villas Boas knows that there is a minimum that he has to achieve this term to satisfy Abramovich.

“We know the objectives that we have to achieve, the minimum objectives, and we will try to pursue them in these last 14 games,” Villas-Boas commented to Sky Sports.

“We spoke about the preparation, of course, for the game. Roman is always very interested in the running of events and it was good for the team to feel his presence.

“We touched a little bit, of course, on next year’s project but mainly on that game. Roman is a very educated person to the cause of Chelsea Football Club and his aura is always present,” he stated.

Chelsea are currently in fourth place in the standings, but a title charge looks unlikely due to the points deficit they find themselves having to deal with.

By Gareth McKnight