Villas-Boas rubbishes Chelsea players rift rumours

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted there is no rift between the players and the management at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport reports.

The Blues beat Wolves 2-1 at Molineux in a drama-filled game yesterday and moved themselves into fourth place in the process. Chelsea could have seen Frank Lampard dismissed for a bad tackle on Wolves midfielder Adam Hammill, but the England international stayed on and scored the winner. Villas-Boas saw a headline yesterday stating that his players had taken Nicolas Anelka for a meal after the French striker was banned from the club’s Christmas lunch.

Chelsea’s manager has moved quickly to banish any rumours of club unrest and the player unity was shown in the celebration for Ramires’ opening goal at Molineux. The Blues players ran to Villas-Boas to celebrate the finish in a show of support for their manager, who has taken a lot of flak this season. Chelsea are now preparing for their FA Cup third round tie with Championship side Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Villas-Boas said: ‘It signifies that everyone is united in the objectives. The team unity and team spirit is fantastic and it is much more important than individual spirit. It is important for the team to continue to produce for each other, no matter who scores’.

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