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Confidence still high at Stamford Bridge

Andre Villas-Boas insists his side has not lost confidence after their recent on-and off-field drama. AVB saw his side lose in their previous two Premier League fixtures, both against London rivals. The Blues travel to Blackburn looking to get back on winning form and close the gap on Barclays Premier League Manchester City. With a raft of disciplinary issues and in the heat of a John Terry racism inquiry the Chelsea boss has struggled to keep minds focused on the pitch with a nosedive in recent results.

With the title as their aim, fourth place Chelsea find themselves nine points behind City.  “When things don’t go our way, we can’t be happy with what’s passing,” Villas-Boas said.

“This week that has passed, and the results we have been getting, doesn’t hurt our confidence. There’s a good spirit in the group. There’s a negative momentum we are passing by.

Villas-Boas has had to fight the corner of more than one of his players in incidents both off and on the pitch, especially those at the back.

“Listen, I live with these players on a daily basis,” he said. “I’m fortunate enough to see what they can offer to me, and I make decisions on that. You don’t see the commitment, how good they are. You see them in competitive and strenuous situations, and it’s valid that people have their opinions. But we don’t believe them.”

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