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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Final stand

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS is ready to show disgruntled Chelsea stars the door in a desperate bid to recover some authority at Stamford Bridge.

With Roman Abramovich on the brink of reappointing management fire-fighter Guus Hiddink, Villas-Boas (right) has made a brave attempt to isolate cliques within his squad and leave malcontents under no illusions about potential consequences.

"Two players have already departed and more will depart and won't be part of the project. That is the reality," he claimed.

"My authority is total, because it is the owner's authority. The players don't have to back my project. It's the owner who backs the project," said Villas-Boas.

"Am I under pressure for my job? Not at all. I am under pressure for results. There will be no decision from me to part company with my project for Chelsea.

"I don't want a vote of confidence. That is the funniest thing in football. It means it is the end. They don't pay us to be failures."

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