Villas-Boas admits title challenge unlikely

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has conceded that his side’s title dream is over following a 1-1 home draw with West London rivals Fulham, The Independent reports.

The Blues were held by a resolute Fulham at Stamford Bridge, which leaves them 11 points off league leaders Manchester City. Villas-Boas insisted before the Fulham game that his side needed maximum points from the Fulham game and next Saturday’s win against Aston Villa. That draw was not what Chelsea needed and the Portuguese manager can see his side slip to fifth in the table, if Arsenal beat Wolves at the Emirates Stadium today.

Villas-Boas said immediately after the draw with the Cottagers: ‘I think it’s pretty difficult (to win the title) to be fair. The distance, by the end of today, will be far to the Manchester clubs for us to challenge for this Premiership. A good December for us would have been six points from these two home games, but bearing in mind this draw – if the leading two teams do their jobs – it’ll be very difficult for us to win it’.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not be pleased with Villas-Boas ruling his side out of the title race, but is expected to back the Portuguese manager in the transfer market in January. The Blues will also lose Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel in January to the African Cup of Nations for a month.

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