04 March 2012

Chelsea dreams of joining Guardiola

After Saturday's defeat of Chelsea in the field of West Brom (1-0), André Villas-Boas seems more convicted than ever and English newspapers like 'The Sun' or 'Daily Mirror' agree that the club 'blue' is crazy for Pep Guardiola as the new coach.

Guardiola, pending renewal as Barca coach has been in the spotlight of Roman Abramovich since 2010 and the Russian billionaire owner of the entity of Stamford Bridge insists long for him to be contrary Pep to sign a long-term contract with the FC Barcelona.

Before you bet on Villa-Boas himself last summer, which meant to pay compensation of 13.3 million euros to Porto to have the technical Luso current contract, Abramovich probed the possibility of bringing Guardiola, but he remained in the bench azulgrana.

Again according to British media, André Villas could be removed even before the knockout round of Champions the next day 14 against Napoli, who won the first leg 3-1, then Rafa Bentítez could act as interim coach until the end of season waiting for that Guardiola would be available from July to give a yes to an offer from London.

Chelsea are fifth in the Premier, occupying a position of Europa League, the Carling Cup in the quarter fell to Liverpool, new champion, and the FA will play the knockout round on Tuesday outside Birmingham (the trip ended with a tie).

José Mourinho also sounds like a possible replacement for his former aide Villas-Boas, although Guardiola seems now the great object of desire 'blue'. Besides, remember that both Pep as 'Mou' on the list of possible candidates to lead the England team after Fabio Capello forced goodbye and the refusal of Harry Redknapp, current Tottenham coach, to commit to the position to within two months, just doors of Euro in Poland and Ukraine. (via MD)