ANDRE Villas-Boas has told Chelsea's billionaire owner the last thing he wants to hear - that even his riches are not enough to compete with those of Manchester City.
In a quite astounding outburst, the Chelsea boss yesterday announced that his own squad was not good enough to compete with Premier League leaders City, and would continue to struggle as long as City's Arab-bankrolled coffers were able to scoot up talent from title rival.
Asked if he had access to the best players in the world, Villas-Boas said: “Not to the extent City have, with their financial power. Maybe in the past we had it, but not in the sense of how it was applied this season.
“We have access to the best talent, and we like to promote talent, but I don't think you can compare the two squads, to be fair. I think theirs is a lot better. It's a squad that was built.
“When the top team has access to buy from their title rivals, you can build something extraordinary. We had it in the past and built something extraordinary. I think you can't expect Chelsea to buy from City and United. Maybe Tottenham and Liverpool in the past.”
Astoundingly, Villas-Boas then refused to say whether Chelsea's squad was up to scratch alongside Manchester United and Tottenham.
He said: “We have a very competent squad that was put together to go for four trophies. That's the answer I can give you.
“We haven't had the results that we should have for the squad we have, and in normal circumstances we would be ahead of those teams. We have been under-performing. But we can still improve for the rest of the season. It depends on us.”