Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confessed that his club's home form was "not good enough", as his future at the club continues to come under intense criticism.
"I am not a wizard," said Villas-Boas, after the Blues' third defeat in four games at Stamford Bridge; at what was once an absolute fortress, while talking to the Mirror after his side were beaten 2-0 by rivals Liverpool, in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
The Tuesday night encounter between the two clubs was marked by a chorus of boos aimed at Villas-Boas and the suggestion that defeat in the do-or-die Champions League game against Valencia, next week, could spell the end of his time with the Blues.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have moved into the semi-finals thanks to goals from Martin Kelly and Maxi Rodriguez. They are now one game away from their first trip to Wembley since 1996. In addition, the win also gave the Kop's manager Kenny Dalglish his third win at Stamford Bridge in 2011.
"This standard won't be enough - we need to up the tempo and play that game (the Champions League group stage decider against Valencia) with the ultimate desire. At the moment, at home we've just not been good enough. I think we need to get our fans behind us at home and we need to get the emotions right," a clearly unhappy Villas-Boas said.
"I know, and you can feel, Stamford Bridge has become anxious about Chelsea playing at home, but we need their full support. That's the only way you can build the atmosphere to take us through this period," he asserted.
"Regarding our Premier League schedule, for our challenge to be alive we need to make the most out of our December fixtures, which include Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester City. If we do that, we'll be back on track and it will have a major impact by the end of December," he said, "It was not good today, not the same level that we reached in our last Premier League game here. This was far inferior and Liverpool more superior."
"Our best period was when the score was already 0-2, when we got the width and the crossing right. But Liverpool came on very strong in the second and created a lot of problems," the Blues' boss continued.
The defeat to Liverpool was only one aspect of Chelsea's woes on the night. Their £50 million signing, former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, continued his miserable run of form. The Spaniard has only scored five times in 33 appearances for his new club.
"We believe in him and will continue to pursue his individual form because our task, as technical staff, is to get the best out of a player. If we don't do that, we have failed," his manager explained, underlining, at least for now, his faith in a player once regarded as one of the best in the world.