'Andre Villas-Boas cannot work miracles' – Ageing squad is the problem for Chelsea, says Carlo Ancelotti

Tuesday's defeat to Liverpool in the League Cup is the latest setback for the young Portuguese manager, but his predecessor insists that the Blues' "old team" is the issue
Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that the reason for the club’s current malaise is the reliance on ageing players, rather than the failings of his successor, Andre Villas-Boas.

The Blues exited the League Cup at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday to continue a poor run of form that has seen them slip to fifth in the Premier League and needing a result against Valencia if they are to progress in the Champions League.

Young boss Villas-Boas has come in for criticism by many, but his Italian predecessor feels that the Portuguese must be given time, telling The Daily Mirror: “Villas-Boas cannot work miracles. This is an old team now.

“It is exactly the same team as the one I left, with the exception of Juan Mata and Raul Meireles.

“The problem is not Villas-Boas, it is with the team that he has. Andre is young and inexperienced, but he has done well and he is talented.

“"I feel Roman [Abramovich] needs to give him time to sort it out and make his ideas work.”

Ancelotti, who was removed from his post at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, argues that Chelsea knew that their young manager would have plenty to learn when they hired him.

“The problem is in the organisation and with the players - all the things that they have to change to make it better,” he continued.

“Maybe he does lack experience, but they knew that when they appointed him. He needs time.”

Former AC Milan coach Ancelotti has yet to find a new job since leaving the Blues, having repeatedly expressed a desire to return to the Premier League if possible.

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