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Saturday 17 December 2011

Striking options delight Villas-Boas

Chelsea boss says forwards' imminent departures is not a concern

Kalou and Drogba will be involved at the African Nations Cup in January

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he has no worries about his side's firepower as they prepare for a crucial stage of the season.

The Blues enter the busy Christmas fixture period buoyed by Monday's victory over Manchester City which made them the first team to beat Roberto Mancini's men in the Barclays Premier League this season.

But they know that come January they will be without Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou who are on duty in the African Nations Cup.

French forward Nicolas Anelka is also set to leave to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, but when asked ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Wigan if he needed to bolster his striking options, Villas-Boas said: "I don't think so. 

"A motivated Wigan will try to threaten us"
- Andre Villas-Boas

"Sometimes teams generate more goalscoring opportunities for certain people. We are within Man City's range as the most attacking team.

"But we created for different players. That's why we have our goal sheet spread out through everybody, from [Frank] Lampard, to [Daniel] Sturridge, to Raul [Meireles], to [Juan] Mata.

"It's pretty diverse."

Chelsea fans will be hoping their side can continue to press the sides at the top of the Barclays Premier League with victory at Wigan, but Villas-Boas said he would not take Roberto Martinez's side lightly.

"It will be the first time in the Premier League that we have a chance to go on a run of four straight wins," he said.

"A motivated Wigan will try to threaten us."

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Key Points

  • Chelsea entering key part of the season
  • Drogba and Kalou leaving to take part in African Nations Cup
  • Anelka moving to China, but Villas-Boas says team are strong up front