André Villas-Boas still expects Chelsea to qualify from their group

Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas is still confident the Blues will advance to the last 16 of the Champions League despite defeat

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Chelsea suffered their fourth defeat in seven games at the BayArena Photo: The Sport Review

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André Villas-Boas remains confident Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages, despite Wednesday’s defeat by Bayer Leverkusen.

A stoppage time Manuel Friedrich header consigned the Blues to their fourth loss in seven games and set up a nervy climax to the group stages, with the Londoners now needing either a goalless draw or a win against Valencia in two weeks’ time to secure their place in the last 16.

But despite their recent poor run of form, the 34-year-old Portuguese is still expecting to see his side advance to the next round.

“We will need Stamford Bridge completely behind us to get the intensity right and the emotions right for the game,” Villas-Boas said.

“It’s in our hands to qualify. It’s a game at Stamford Bridge and we expect to do our job. That’s our responsibility and we don’t want to let the fans down.”

Valencia cantered to a 7-0 victory over Genk on Wednesday, overhauling Chelsea’s previously superior goal difference and setting up a tense finale to the Blues’ Group E campaign.

And Villas-Boas is eyeing successive home victories in the Premier League and Carling Cup to boast morale ahead of the Spanish side’s visit to Stamford Bridge.

“That’s my job,” said Villas-Boas, whose side host Wolves on Saturday. “That’s my task, to inspire these people and motivate these people to change our faith.

“The responsibility is mine and it’s my task now to inspire and motivate them to take them to a win against Wolves and certainly after to a win against Liverpool in the Carling Cup.

“We have two games at home. We need to get the focus, concentration right, I have to inspire my players and motivate them, and we need our fans behind us in these critical moments.”

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