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Villas-Boas: I fear Chelsea axe

Andre Villas-Boas has admitted for the first time that he does not know if he has the backing of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

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Throughout what has been a turbulent first season at the helm, Villas-Boas has maintained he has the full backing of billionaire owner Abramovich but has now confessed that may not be the case.

Saturday's 3-0 defeat of Bolton ended a miserable run of five games without a win but with their Champions League position hanging in the balance following the first-leg defeat to Napoli and the Premier League title long gone, the pressure remains on the shoulders of the Portuguese who fears he could go the same way as Carlo Ancelotti.

"We are now in the exact same moment as last year," Villas-Boas told Lisbon-based radio station TSF. "It is an exact copy but with a less experienced coach [in charge].

"I know that, in the Abramovich era, we have the worst results but I think I have felt the confidence from the owner. Let's see if he wants a change in the club or not. The pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall [of managers] in similar situations, or even 'better' situations.

"What will be his reaction? It will be one of two: either a continuation of the project and full support from above; or a continuation of the cultural pattern that has happened before. We don't know. We don't know if it'll be tomorrow or in two years from now. It'll depend on what is the understanding of what is happening at the moment."

In a move that is unlikely to endear Villas-Boas to Chelsea's notoriously trigger happy owner, the Portuguese also compared Fernando Torres to former Blues flops Andriy Shevchenko and Mateja Kezman, who like the Spain striker both arrived at the club with excellent scoring records before seeing their goals dry up at Stamford Bridge.

"We have been through the Torres situation before with Shevchenko and Kezman," Villas-Boas said. "But Torres' problems may have also come from a change of philosophy at the club."

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