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AVB survives his chat with boss; FOOTBALL.

ANDRE Villas-Boas today insisted he retained the complete backing of Roman Abramovich and Chelsea's players, despite his nightmare start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas shrugged off the mounting pressure on him following the Blues' worst beginning to a campaign since Abramovich bought the club eight years ago.

Speculation is rife Villas-Boas could be sacked if he fails to arrest a slump that has seen Chelsea slide out of the Premier League top four.

There have also been reports of player unrest at the tactical changes made by the 34-year-old.

Asked if Abramovich had promised to give him time to turn things around, Villas-Boas said simply: "Yes."

He refused to go into detail about their conversation but said: "Everybody wants to get out of a situation like this."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 26, 2011
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