Andre Villas-Boas believes Chelsea's success on Tuesday evening gives a "slap in the face" to their critics.

The Blues manager avoided an early Champions League exit thanks to a Didier Drogba-inspired 3-0 victory over Valencia. The 33-year-old broke the deadlock with a third-minute drive and, after Ramires prodded home at second, secured victory by neatly flicking in a Juan Mata through-ball in the second half.

Victory confirms progression to the knockout stage as Group E winners, which Villas-Boas hopes will quieten the naysayers, and he said: "Nobody would have bet on us finishing top, but it's happened and it is very, very gratifying for the team. We've been continually chased by different kinds of people, but today we've given everybody (those critics) a slap in the face."

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