Chelsea’s attacking force is surprising everyone, says Tottenham’s Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas says Chelsea's "tremendous attacking force" is surprising everyone this season

Andre Villas-Boas believes Chelsea’s “tremendous attacking force” is surprising everybody this season ahead of the Blues’ trip to White Hart Lane on 20 October.

The 34-year-old will face his unbeaten former employers in Tottenham’s next Premier League fixture, with Spurs beating Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday to extend their winning run to four games and moving them into fifth place.

Villas-Boas is relishing the chance to narrow the gap between Chelsea and Tottenham, which currently stands at five points, but is wary of Roberto Di Matteo’s extensive attacking options.

“The ambition that we have to be in between the top teams is immense,” said Villas-Boas.

“This is the opportunity now to play with the league leaders at home who are undefeated, and a good chance to get closer to them.”

He added: “It’s going to be a totally different type of game. They have a tremendous attacking force which is something that is surprising everybody.

“There are a lot of creative players in that team offering all types of solutions and movements, dynamic players and they are a very youthful side.

“We understand that this mobility they have in behind – Fernando [Torres] – can cause you problems.

“It’s obviously going to be a difficult game but we are showing good levels of competence and we hope to profit from the fact that we play at home and profit from the fact we play an unbeaten league leader to open our motivation to beat them.”

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