Villas-Boas: I don't need all players' support

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LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea's under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas says he doesn't need the support of the entire squad as long as he is backed by owner Roman Abramovich.

A 2-0 loss at Everton on Saturday left Chelsea fifth in the Premier League and out of the Champions League qualification places.

Villas-Boas hauled his underperforming players into the training ground on their day off on Sunday to discuss the team's misfortunes.

Questioned on Thursday about not enjoying the backing of all his players, Villas-Boas said: "That is normal. They don't have to back my project. It's the owner who backs my project."

But the Portuguese manager is under increasing pressure having replaced Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired after failing to win a trophy last season despite a league and FA Cup double the previous year.