Villas-Boas backs Chelsea fans over Benitez boos

The Portuguese boss has supported the Blues fans’ right to vent their anger at the club's recent managerial hiring and firing, adding that it is a manager's job to "take it"

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has defended the right of Chelsea supporters to express their displeasure at the appointment of Rafa Benitez.

As the Spaniard took his place in the dugout before Sunday’s draw with Manchester City, he was met by boos from large sections of the home support who were unhappy about remarks made by Benitez during his time at Liverpool as well as the recent dismissal of crowd favourite Roberto Di Matteo.

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But Villas-Boas - who was sacked as Chelsea boss in February - has spoken in support of the Blues fans, arguing that it is a manager’s job to deal with such situations.

"The fans have the right to everything in my opinion,” the 35-year-old told reporters.

"They are the ones who breathe the biggest passion for the football club, they are the essence and they breathe the values of the football club.

"They are entitled to whatever they want to say or chant; disappointment, belief, encouragement, positiveness.

"It is all down to them, football is about them, it is about their passion. They have the right more than anybody to show that.

"[As a manager] you have to take it. Sometimes we don't like what we hear but that's life."