Chelsea players in training ground row with Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas became embroiled in a heated argument with senior Blues players in front of owner Roman Abramovich, The Telegraph reports.

The Portuguese boss was incensed by his side’s lacklustre performance against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, where they were beaten 2-0. Villas-Boas called the players into training on their day off to dish out some home truths, but was met with an equallly heated response. The Chelsea old guard gave as good as they got and criticised the manager’s team selections and tactics to make clear he was losing the dressing room.

Chelsea have only won two of their last 10 league games since the middle of December and Villas-Boas is under fire to produce results or pack his bags and leave. Abramovich has been at the training ground more frequently in the last week and has made observations about how the 34 year old Blues boss works. Villas-Boas’ side host Championship side Birmingham City on Saturday in the FA Cup and will be looking for a positive result as they look to get back to winning ways.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech has also given a candid assessment on the performance at Goodison Park and insisted that losing and their current performances are far from up to scratch. The Czech Republic international said: ‘When you lose a game 2-0 and you are Chelsea football club, playing for the Champions League and with big expectations, losing is not good enough and the performance was not good enough. That’s why we lost.’

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