AVB: Chelsea not in crisis

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Andre Villas-Boas has denied Chelsea have hit a 'crisis point' after a somewhat testing period of results.

Tuesday night's Carling Cup loss to Liverpool represented the Blues' fifth defeat in their last nine outings, and saw the pressure mount on Villas-Boas.

However, the Portuguese manager has received the backing of former Blues bosses Carlo Ancelotti and Avram Grant, who feel he should be given time at Stamford Bridge.

And, although Villas-Boas has conceded he is under pressure to deliver results, he says the Chelsea are not a team in crisis.

"It is not at crisis point for us," the 34-year-old explained. "We just have to pull ourselves together and can only continue with our hard work and believe we are going to reverse the situation."

Chelsea currently sit in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, some 10 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

And Villas-Boas has lamented his side's failure to step up to the plate against the league's top clubs, having lost to Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

"Our form against the top teams has not been good enough," he added. "From the top teams at the moment we have not yet played three of them so that still might give us a chance."

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