Villas-Boas impressed by Norwich

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas believes Norwich are proving they are well worth their place in the Barclays Premier League.

The Canaries were promoted to the top-flight in May, having spent just one season in the Npower Championship after winning Npower League One the previous year.

They have, though, established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the top tier, and sit a comfortable ninth over halfway through the campaign.

Paul Lambert's side certainly gave Chelsea an extreme examination when the two sides met last year, and the Blues' 3-1 win was far from a fair reflection of the balance of play.

Not only have Norwich picked up important points, but they have also earned them in free-flowing style - and Villas-Boas has been particularly impressed.

"It's a great pleasure when teams achieve something with a certain style," said the 34-year-old.

"Victories are important for motivation, the way they play is very positive, they are fully motivated players with complete commitment to their manager and each other.

"They have had an excellent run of results, and they continue to surprise established teams in the league, which shows the value of the work Paul and his team are doing.

"We need to find consistency in our own performances, it will be better if we beat Norwich, but I don't care what happens in the other matches this weekend, we need to do our own job first and foremost."

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