AVB: Swansea clash a cultured affair

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said his side’s meeting with Swansea City will be a rarity for English football.


The two sides meet tonight at the Liberty Stadium and the Stamford Bridge chief thinks the style of football on show will be something of a cultural anomaly in the Barclays Premier League.


Swansea have been lauded for their patient passing approach since they were promoted to the top flight and Villas-Boas thinks the Blues take a similar approach in their play.


“It is the least typical cultural game in terms of the British tradition," he told the official Chelsea website.


“At the moment games between Chelsea, Swansea or Arsenal represents a very different philosophy from the normal standard.


“Whether that is good or bad is up to other guys to decide, based on results as well, but this should be a very entertaining game.”


The opposite fixture at Stamford Bridge was significant due to it being the last game Fernando Torres found the net in the Premier League.


At the time it was the second game in a row that he had scored, but he was then sent off for a wild lunge and so missed three games.


Chelsea won that game 4-1 with ten men for a significant amount of the game but not many believe anything similar will happen tonight, although Villas-Boas is keen for a victory to top off a positive month for the blues.


“January has been a good month for us apart from the Norwich draw and if we get out of Swansea with three points then it has been a fantastic month,” he added.


Swansea have lost just once at home this season and have conceded more than one goal also on one occasion, which could be significant considering Chelsea’s problems with scoring goals in recent weeks.

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