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Controversial young Portugese Chelsea manager - deja vu?

By Rob
Monday 24th October 2011
A frenetic weekend of football well and truly proved that the English Premier League is by far and away the best, and most entertaining, league in the world. But perhaps the most mystifying development of the weekend, among dramatic comebacks, record breaking victories, champions being demolished and a trio of North-West clubs looking doomed for the Championship, was the apparent return of an old 'friend'.

This mysterious renaissance occured in the unlikely surroundings of Loftus Park, where a near enough full-strength Chelsea side found itself depleted and defeated by newboys QPR - and referee Chris Foy, apparently.

After the match a youthful looking Portugese manager, unhappy with his side's 1-0 defeat, berated Foy as being "poor, very poor" and subjected the referee to an "aggressive" reaction post-match. A controversial young Portugese manager bitching about a referee not giving them decisions, unable to accept defeat, unable to control his players behaviour, egos and attitudes, unable to see that his players have done wrong? It must be.. Jose Mou.. no, it's Andre Villas-Boas.
Villas-Boas' reaction to Foy's display was not only wrong, but disgraceful. He told the BBC: "I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him. I don't care if he's OK or not." So much for the FA's Respect campaign of recent years, which must have been missed, or possibly lost in translation, by the new Chelsea boss. Villas-Boas must surely be reprimanded, and banned, by the FA for this outburst - especially considering punishment handed out to Sir Alex Ferguson for questioning referees' performances in the past.

Foy got the three big decisions that swung the game bang-on. The petulant David Luiz clearly charges into the back of Heidar Helguson for the penalty (although Helguson did go down pretty easily); Jose Bosingwa brought down Shaun Wright-Phillips when he was about to get in on goal, which is a red card offence; and Didier Drogba's poorly timed lunge at Adel Taarabt was dangerous, and a red card challenge (although Villas-Boas seems to just about accept the latter).

In addition to this, Villas-Boas claims the Chelsea team got no decisions all match. There were several occasions when Chelsea players made a meal of the slightest collisions and claimed penalties - if any of these were penalties we would be seeing ten penalties in every match in the Premier League. The worst was Frank Lampard falling to the floor when running alongside a QPR defender and bumping into him, then prancing around with his hands raised in the air. So it's not a case of Chelsea being hard done-by, it's a case of them needing to grow up, and man up.

Ringleader of the Chelsea little girls' club is John Terry. Every time a decision goes against Chelsea, Terry is in the referee's face, throwing obscenities and abusing the referee for his decision. As captain of Chelsea and, more importantly, England (which is a disgrace in itself) this is a terrible attitude to portray to any youngster watching football. The Chelsea team oozes petulance, arrogance and a prima-donna sense of 'we was robbed' every time they fail to win - with Terry ably supported in his pathetic whinging by the likes of Ashley Cole, David Luiz and, to an extent, Frank Lampard. For example, after their defeat to Man United, Villas-Boas went on to berate the referee and linesman for not disallowing two goals for offside, when each time the scoring player was level with the defence.

The last thing English football needs is a new Jose Mourinho. Villas-Boas needs to stop throwing his toys out of the pram every time a game doesn't go as he wanted it to, take a good hard look at the attitude of both himself and his players and accept that his prima-donna multi-millionaire footballers are actually allowed to be beaten now and again.

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