AVB 3/1 to quit before Napoli return
Andre Villas Boas remained defiant last night after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Napoli, but the bookies are slashing prices on AVB leading his side out for the second leg at the Bridge.
February 22nd, 2012
William Hill cut Andre Villas Boas to 3/1 to have left the Blues by the time the second leg starts in three week’s time and he is now just 2/5 to have left Chelsea before the opening day of the 2012/13 season.
Vitally, Chelsea bagged an away goal and Hills are offering 5/1 that they qualify by the away goals rule, while Napoli are 20/1 to do so. Chelsea are 7/4 to qualify while Napoli are 2/5.
“Villas Boas is walking a knife edge, but while his team showed improvement, he may not be in position to resurrect Chelsea’s Euro hopes,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.
AVB also didn’t seem too downbeat by the result, believing this his side can turn things around.
“It is a negative result of course, but a result we are sure we can turn around at the Bridge due to the amount of chances we had during the game,” he told the Chelsea website.
“Being more clinical in front of goal was the difference, both teams with the same amount of opportunities, a very open game for the Champions League, end to end but Napoli found that efficiency we didn’t find. We had big chances with Ramires, David Luiz and Didier in the end and we paid the heavy toll of a couple of mistakes that we did, while Napoli made the most of those opportunities.
“There was balance until we conceded the two goals. Napoli were well motivated and we suffered two goals we should not have. In my opinion we can be confident because we created chances and if we do the same in the return match we have all possibilities to go through.”
Fernando Torres did not feature at all in Naples and he is 13/8 to have left Chelsea by the start of next season, compared with 4/9 to still be at the Bridge.