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Monday 28 November 2011

Villas-Boas confident of Chelsea progress

Chelsea manager says Champions League qualification in own hands

Chelsea suffered a late Champions League blow in Germany

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says their Champions League progress is still in their own hands, despite their damaging late loss away to Bayer Leverkusen.

The Blues took the lead through Didier Drogba but a last minute goal from Manuel Friedrich capped a late rally by the Germans to seal a 2-1 win.

The result means Chelsea must secure either a win or a goalless draw against Valencia at Stamford Bridge in their final group game to ensure progress.

Any other result would see them fail to make the knockout stages, but Villas-Boas said: "It is in our hands and we expect to do our job. It's our responsibility and we don't want to let the fans down.

"We believe in the players' talent and they believe in us"
- Villas-Boas

"This result changes the nature of the group, and now we go to the final match against Valencia to decide our fate.

"Valencia are a team on the up in terms of results, and we will need Stamford Bridge fully behind us in order to find the right intensity."

The setback in Leverkusen follows a disappointing run of results in the Barclays Premier League, with Saturday's loss at home to Liverpool seeing them slip to fifth in the table.

But young Portuguese coach Villas-Boas remains confident that he can turn around their fortunes.

"We believe a lot in the players' talent and they believe in us as well," said the 34-year-old.

"When you are experiencing a run of results as we are now, we go into every little detail and try to get them right, and we just have to continue to work, and believe that the win is close."

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Key Points

  • Chelsea suffer 2-1 defeat away to Leverkusen
  • Need win or goalless draw at home to Valencia
  • Villas-Boas confident of turning around their fortunes