Villas-Boas looks towards the cup challenges

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has stated that his side are looking to progress to the latter stages of the FA Cup and Champions League, as he tries to defer criticism away from the club’s poor league form.

The Stamford Bridge outfit were beaten 2-0 by Everton on Saturday to see them slip down to fifth place in the standings, in what has been a poor season for the London side.

However, the Portuguese coach is eager to make amends by excelling in other competitions.

“There are two different competitions now ahead of us and two competitions where we want to show a different quality,” he stated to The Daily Mail.

“We have one week to prepare for Birmingham and then Napoli. They are two competitions where we are in a very good position and we have to rebuild confidence.

“We are in the last 16 of the FA Cup and we hope to continue to progress. That shows the spirit and resilience in a different competition,” he stated.

Villas Boas also took responsibility for his team’s defeat at Goodison Park, with preparation and selection issues to consider.

“I will reflect hard on my preparation and I will take full responsibility for the defeat.

“I think the players did everything they could to try to affect the result. Maybe I will have some retrospective of what I did and think about the preparation.

“I will reflect hard with my technical staff on my decision-making,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight