Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas admits Manchester United and their City rivals are the two sides to beat this season if the club is to realise its dream of winning the Barclays Premier League this year.

The 33-year-old Portuguese boss may be new to England, but he has wasted no time in determining the Blues' main rivals for the title in 2011-12.

Villas-Boas concedes that whilst Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils side have perhaps shaded it in terms of quality performances with the season still in it's relative infancy, he believes Roberto Mancini's Blues side will also be in contention.

"It's good for them," he insisted. "They've gone on to score a lot of goals and it's good for British football.


"We just hope to score one more goal than the opponents," said Villas-Boas when briefly looking ahead to Chelsea's game against the reigning champions at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"Manchester United played to perfection and managed to score a lot," he continued. "They are, with Manchester City, leading the table for the Premier League and we are two behind them. [But] we want to grab them.

"Our objective is on shortening distance and not on what the others do in terms of performance."

The Blues' immediate attention now turns to Europe as Villas-Boas prepares his Chelsea squad for the visit of Bayer Leverkusen to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Manchester United play Benfica in Portugal, and City's first game in the UEFA Champions League comes at home against fellow debutants Napoli on Wednesday.

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