Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has once again directed the blame of another poor performance squarely on his shoulders.
In reference to the midweek game against Napoli in the Champions League, Villas-Boas said: “Players don’t have to take responsibility – and they shouldn’t have to take it.”
“They are top players and they know what they can do. But there is only one person responsible – which is me.”
Another characteristic, it appears inherited from the man he tries to distance himself away from in former boss Jose Mourinho, who has continually throughout his career attempted to divert attention away from the players. However if this trend carries on, it will inevitably lead to two questions:
1. When will it be time to blame the players?
2. If it is solely the manager’s fault, how long will the backing last from owner Roman Abramovich?
A step forward to avoiding both questions, will be to put in a solid performance against Bolton and pick up three valuable points in the race for fourth.