Andre Villas-Boas goes on the defensive

Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas has rebuffed criticism of his side in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United last Sunday, and has stated that his side are still challengers for honours.

The press were damning of the Stamford Bridge club’s performance at Old Trafford, with Alan Hansen calling The Blues ‘naive’.
However, the Portuguese coach has defended his team and feels the criticism was harsh.

“What came out of that game was that, with that scoreline, we were naive because the others guys [United] created an amount of opportunities to win by the scoreline – but that is completely false, completely false,. We were the team that had seven or eight opportunities,” he stated to The Telegraph.

“They are Man United at Old Trafford. The three goals — two were offside and the third was a ricochet. Where were we naive in that? Or is the person who is writing the article being naive?” he stated scathingly, with Hansen’s comments in mind.

“One thing – it’s untrue. At 30 minutes the most dominant team [in the match] was the least efficient team [United], 13 shots against three. There was no naiveness there, just an unwillingness [from critics] to make a correct comment on the game by having pleasure in criticising the others.

“We weren’t naive. We had the initiative of the game, we could have won the game. We created the most chances. It was a problem of efficiency for us. I would do the same [tactics] all over the season,” he concluded.

Chelsea take on Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and will look to close the gap on United, who have a tricky trip to Stoke.
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