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AVB: Attacking football is our value

Gaffer continues to defend his Blues

By | 29th October 2011

Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea need to reconsider their aggressive playing style and insists that attack will remain the best form of defense at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have struggled defensively in recent matches and Villas-Boas was criticized for not being able to control the temper of his players during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at QPR.

This afternoon, the sluggish display continued in the back as Chelsea allowed Arsenal to come from 2-1 down at half-time and claim a famous 5-3 win in front of a stunned crowd in West London.

Although his counterpart Arsene Wenger claimed that the quality of the Gunners opened up the Blues’ defense, Villas-Boas remains unfazed and believes that some of today’s errors were also down to a bit of misfortune.

“We were punished by an unlucky situation. It can happen,” Villas-Boas told reporters with disappointment as he referred to Arsenal’s decisive goal scored by Robin van Persie late in the match.

The manager elaborated: “You have to take the last two goals out of the situation, because one is a slip from a player [John Terry] to leave the other player [Robin van Persie] one against one so is nothing to do with defensive organisation and the other is when you are trying to do something with three minutes on the clock.”

Nevertheless, Villas-Boas can’t deny that his defense was poor in conceding the first three goals and promises that he will address his side’s defensive shortcomings without compromising the attacking brand of football he has introduced.

AVB explained: “The philosophy is a personal value and a club value. You should never sell it cheaply.

“It is something that makes us all proud and we will stick to this philosophy throughout this league. It is our way of playing, we are proud of the way we play and we just have to correct things to get a positive result.”

As a result of Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Everton and Manchester City’s 3-1 triumph over the Wolves, Chelsea find themselves nine points off the Barclays Premier League summit and four behind second-place United.

However, Villas-Boas is prepared for the long battle ahead this season and pointed to last weekend’s Manchester derby as an example of how emotions can get the better of any good team in a big match.

“We fought hard to get to 3-3, the emotions were behind us and it could have gone either way. If we can recall, there was a 3-1 result at Old Trafford, Man United thought they could swing it and they lost 6-1. We were punished in that sense,” the Chelsea boss asserted.

The Blues will now focus on their trip to Belgium to face Racing Genk in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

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