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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed any suggestion his side will play safe in their crunch Champions League tie tonight.

 

The Blues face Valencia in the final game of Group F and need a win or a scoreless draw to guarantee qualification to the knockout stages.

 

Villas-Boas has refused to change style and play for a clean sheet, saying his team will always go out to win.

 

“People have seen us play enough now to be sure we always take the initiative in games,” said the Blues boss.

 

“We know that Valencia want to get something because a goal for them makes the game even more difficult for us, but we won't change our strategy just because it is an important game.

 

“We will take the initiative and we don't play counter attack or use the long balls. We want good quality possession football and that is what we will do.”

 

Stamford Bridge is the stage for the tie and the former Porto manager will be hoping his side can continue the form that saw them beat Newcastle 3-0 on Saturday.

 

Valencia manager, Unai Emery, has been similarly positive in his pre-match comments.

 

Los Che only need a score draw to see themselves through, but Emery insisted his side will go for the win.

 

“This is a final, Chelsea v Valencia, and one of the two teams will have to go out,” he said.

 

“We are going to go there with only victory in mind. We are aware that 1-1 or any sort of score draw will see us through, so depending on the situation we can change the way we play.

 

“We need to be able to stop Chelsea from creating chances.”

 

The other game in Group E sees Genk host leaders Bayer Levrkusen, where a win for the German side would confirm them as group winners.

 

Bayer secured their qualification to the next round with a late win over Chelsea in the last round of fixtures.

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