It the lapses in concentration that has cost us away!

AVB held his pre match press conference yesterday and was keen to point out that Chelsea will not be sitting back to try and keep a clean s...

AVB held his pre match press conference yesterday and was keen to point out that Chelsea will not be sitting back to try and keep a clean sheet to progress to the knockout stages tonight but will be going all out to win the game which is good to hear.

He said:
People have seen us play enough now to be sure we always take the initiative in games, We know that Valencia want to get something because a goal for them makes the game even more difficult for us, but we won't change our strategy just because it is an important game

We will take the initiative and we don't play counter attack or use the long balls. We want good quality possession football and that is what we will do tomorrow.

During this campaign of five games we have done pretty well in terms of performances but the small details have run away from us in the last few of minutes, at Valencia and at Leverkusen, and if that had not happened it would have been different.

We started strongly against Leverkusen at home, a good game. The game in Valencia was a win there for the taking and maybe at that stage would have put Valencia in a very difficult position, but we have made a mistake that we paid for.

Against Genk at home we played well but didn't do our job away so we blame ourselves for that. Then away to Leverkusen we did everything right but conceded a late goal. People are enjoying the sending off or not sending off question at Newcastle but in Leverkusen we were denied a penalty which has been the question for Chelsea in the Champions League for some time. That would have changed the nature of that result. Again it is a small detail that takes us to matchday six but there are no rules that say you must qualify before that.

Our away form in this competition has been so bloody frustrating!!. I am glad that we finish at home tonight and not away as I would be much less confident than I am about tonight. Looking back at our three away games, AVB is dead right, it's the lapses in concentration that have really cost us.

Let's hope for no more slip up's tonight!


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