Roman will back me says under-fire Chelsea boss Villas-Boas

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Andre Villas-Boas is confident Roman Abramovich remains fully behind his Chelsea revolution despite the club crashing to their fourth defeat already this season.

Blues boss Villas-Boas claimed billionaire owner Abramovich would not have paid a world record £13million to prise him from Porto this summer, only to sack him at the first sign of trouble.

Abramovich’s patience was tested once again yesterday as Chelsea lost 2-1 to Liverpool to remain 12 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.

It was their third defeat in four league matches and the first time they had lost back-to-back home games since the Russian bought the club eight years ago. Villas-Boas, who on Friday shrugged off Guus Hiddink being back on the managerial market, said: “It’s not a question of the owner having patience.

“We have set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to taking what we’re building to the future.

“The owner didn’t pay 15million euros to get me out of Porto to pay me another fortune to get out. Our commitment is towards the club and what we are doing in the future.

“We have enough talent to compete in all competitions, and that’s the perspective we take at the moment.”

Villas-Boas acknowledged yesterday’s defeat dealt a devastating blow to Chelsea’s title hopes: “It’s not impossible to turn it around,” Villas-Boas said. “The belief is there and the December fixtures give us hope if we’re able to make the most of it.”

Of far more concern to Chelsea fans will be the fact that they will drop out of the top four if Tottenham do not lose to Aston Villa tonight - a match which will see Spurs boss Harry Redknapp return to the dugout after his illness.