Villas-Boas in Chelsea showdown with Abramovich

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is fighting to save his job at Stamford Bridge after showdown talks between the Portuguese boss and owner Roman Abramovich, The Daily Mail reports. Abramovich turned up to training on Saturday and then held talks with Villas-Boas, where they discussed what is happening with Chelsea.

The Blues let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 with Premier League champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, which will not reassure Abramovich. Talk in the media has linked former Blues boss Jose Mourinho with a return to West London and Villas-Boas stated last week that he was confident his job was secure. The Russian billionaire turned up without warning at the club’s Cobham training ground and was flanked by key adviser Eugene Shvidler and Blues director Eugene Tenenbaum.

Blues players were stunned at the arrival of their owner, who watched 35 minutes of training before taking Villas-Boas for talks over what his tactics were ahead of the United game. Abramovich was also in the Blues dressing room after the 3-3 draw and spent half an hour talking with the Chelsea players. The owner is increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress for his side this season and wants Villas-Boas to turn the fortunes round immediately.

Some Chelsea squad members are unhappy with the dressing room environment at Stamford Bridge and Villas-Boas will be looking to kickstart their charge for the Champions League places soon. The Blues face Napoli in the second round of the Champions League, the one competition Abramovich is desperate to win, and defeat in that game could spell the end for Villas-Boas.

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