Andre Villas Boas has stated that he is happy with Chelsea’s 1-1 Champions League draw away to Valencia on Wednesday night, but admitted frustration that his side were not more clinical in front of goal.
Frank Lampard, who was reinstated to the Stamford Bridge outfit’s starting XI, gave the visitors the lead early in the second half, but the Premier League team were pegged back by a late Roberto Soldado penalty.
Despite being close to getting a valuable away win, the Portuguese coach is content with the result.
“It was a strong performance from the team but we just need to find that prolific touch in front of goal and eventually, when it comes, we’ll be able to get more solid results and reach that two-goal advantage,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think it was more deserved for us to win this game. I’m happy with the display of everybody. Before the game, if you’d told us we’d draw in Valencia, maybe we would have taken it.
“But to be so near and be in that position in the game, it leaves us with a feeling that we don’t like. I think Diego had four fantastic saves in front of our players. He changed the result of the game,” he stated.
Chelsea now have back-to-back games against Genk to negotiate, and AVB is looking forward to taking on the Belgian side.
“So near to a win, it leaves you with a strange feeling but we’re in a good position still in the group.
“We’re looking forward to the Genk game – they’re going to be difficult games, of course. But if we get six points out of them, we’re almost ensured qualification,” he concluded.