AVB remains upbeat
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas remains confident his side will progress in the Champions League despite their loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
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Last Updated: 24/11/11 7:55am
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas remains confident his side will progress in the UEFA Champions League, despite seeing them lose 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.
The Blues had been on course to book their place in the last 16 after Didier Drogba put them ahead just after the break.
But headed efforts from Eren Derdiyok and Manuel Friedrich sealed victory for Bayer - a result which takes them top of Group E.
Bayer now know if they avoid defeat against Genk they are through, leaving Chelsea and Valencia playing off for the final place.
And because of Valencia's 7-0 win over Genk, their goal-difference is now superior to Chelsea - which means anything other than a win or a goalless draw would see them knocked out.
"We believe in what we do, we believe in the talent of these players, we believe in them and that talent that is going to take us through to qualification - of course," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.
The Chelsea boss insisted that his side did not deserve to lose the match at the BayArena.
"Any negative result is difficult, we were organised and compact, but we have conceded on the details and that has made the difference, we have to improve our focus and concentration levels," he said.
"We thought we had the game in our hands at 1-0 as we were compact and solid and had good chance for 2-0 but we didn't take the chance and eventually paid heavily in the last minute.
"Obviously with the run of defeats you improve your work, focus and determination because at the moment it is not sufficient.
"I think we defended well as a team in the 90-minutes - the first goal we lacked concentration and on the set-plays when you are not tuned to it, and even if you are, players can anticipate you and they made the most of the opportunity they got to take an unfair result in my opinion but that is the reality, a defeat where we should have got something - it is not happening for us."
Villas-Boas called on the Chelsea fans to get behind their side in two weeks against Valencia and help them through.
"We will look for a win, we believe Leverkusen will do a job against Genk and we must do everything in our power to win that game and we need Stamford Bridge behind us, the fans behind us to get us through a difficult time," concluded Villas-Boas.