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Irate Chelsea boss Villas Boas hits back at Gary Neville

We knew THAT PlayStation remark would not pass without some comment from Chelsea’s irascible manager…

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ANDRE VILLAS BOAS’ reign of crankiness continues, after he lashed out at Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville in his pre-match press conference.

Neville has been critical of Chelsea in recent weeks. Following their Premier League defeat to Liverpool, he observed that defender David Luiz looked like he was being controlled by a 10-year-old using a PlayStation.

He also said that he would not want to be in the Chelsea dressing room in the build up to Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over Valencia.

“I’d say this to his face with most pleasure,” the Chelsea boss said.

“You can’t speculate and invent things that are going on. Some people can have more or less an idea. But not him. He cannot know. How can you imagine what is going on in the Chelsea dressing room? How can you know?

“Have you been here? Do you know where Cobham is? You don’t even know how to get here!

“You can’t speculate and invent on things that are going on, based on assumptions or informants or speculation. Some people can have more or less an idea. But not him. He cannot know.

“I’m normally indifferent, not watching on the telly to see what these people say. But I was watching the television at that moment, and I was gobsmacked.”

On the subject of Luiz, and Neville’s frank appraisal of the big haired stopper, Villas Boas was even more animated.

“You cannot approach a top Brazil central defender saying he’s commanded by a kid with a PlayStation. That’s ridiculous.

“He plays for the team with most (world) titles, so be careful with what you’re saying.”

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