AVB: We’re creating chances

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Andre Villas-Boas believes that Chelsea are still moving in the right direction, as the club’s stars head off for international duty and the rest of the squad regroup and prepare for next week.

Chelsea are currently nine points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, and are level on points with fifth-placed Tottenham, who have a game in hand.

And while the side have struggled in recent weeks to defend as well as attack, Villas-Boas believes the statistics speak for themselves as the side keep pushing to go forward and play in a more free-flowing style.

“To be fair, we have shown in the games that we have lost, we have created as many opportunities as we create when we win games,” he explained.

“And exactly the opposite: in the games that we won we have conceded the same amount of opportunities as in the games that we lost.

“So it is just a curious statistic at the moment. I think we have good, solid defensive organisation.”

The Barclays Premier League title race is currently wide open, and despite City leading by five points, no one is writing off United, Chelsea, or even Spurs or Arsenal just yet as the Christmas period nears.

And Villas-Boas believes that this is one of the big factors behind why Chelsea are suffering from up and down results of late.

“The pattern that the Premier League has at the moment between the top teams is something that I think reflects the unpredictability of the game,” he said.

“It will not become a pattern in the future. And one day the games between top teams will be much more even. So it is just something that is happening this year.”

Chelsea are well aware of how a change in form can make or break a side’s title chase; last season, at around this time of year, the Blues were overwhelming favourites to win the domestic trophy, but a lull in form over Christmas scuppered their chances.

And Villas-Boas is hoping that the side can gain some consistency as the tough part of the season comes around, when injuries, build-up and depth are really tested.

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