AVB eyes winning return

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As Chelsea prepare to travel to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Andre Villas-Boas accepts it is vital the Blues get back to winning ways as soon as possible to get out of their slump in form.

After losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, condemning themselves to a third loss in their last four Barclays Premier League outings, Chelsea now trail league leaders Manchester City by 12 points.

The poor run has heaped pressure on the club's manager, who only arrived in west London in the summer - and the Portuguese tactician admits that this week's European clash is a 'massive game' as he attempts to relieve the strain.

"The most important thing is finding winning ways straightaway," said Villas-Boas. "If possible against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. That is a massive game.

"Then we have three games in the Premier League where we must try to get nine points. The challenge is to have the belief and strength to fight for those nine points.

"But if we get nine points, it would put us in a different perspective. It is not bright for us but we have to find that belief."

Despite the apparent doom-and-gloom currently surrounding the club, Villas-Boas insists the squad is still in positive spirits, and he has belief in the players to turn things around.

"It looks bad for us at this moment," he conceded. "It has not been the brightest of starts - the worst for quite some time.

"But we have to have belief and believe in the work to get back to winning ways. The players have immense talent and I believe in them."

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