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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Villas-Boas backs Blues to conquer Europe

ANDRE Villas-Boas has insisted Chelsea have what it takes to win this season's Champions League, despite admitting they were "not good enough" to beat a depleted Championship side.

Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup fifth round draw with injury-hit Birmingham did nothing to ease the pressure on Villas-Boas, whose players have produced their worst performances of the season at the wrong time.

Chelsea's Champions League campaign resumes tomorrow night, when they visit Napoli for the first leg of their last-16 clash.

A repeat of Saturday's display over the course of the tie will almost certainly result in elimination but Villas-Boas was confident his players would raise their game when it really mattered.

Indeed, the 34-year-old still believes he has a squad capable of ending the club's long wait for Champions League glory.

"If you go past Napoli then you can have a really good chance, depending on who you get in the draw -- if you get a good draw," Villas-Boas said.

CHALLENGE

"It will be a massive challenge. Everyone saw what Napoli did in a group which put another English team out."

That team was Manchester City, who top the Premier League and are 17 points better off than Villas-Boas' fifth-placed Chelsea.

The Portuguese has admitted finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season's Champions League is the minimum requirement required from his charges this term.

He added: "The Champions League is a competition everyone wants to win. The players will feel much more tension and feel it much more.

"There are two weeks between the games and it's important for us to be competent and to bring the game to Stamford Bridge with a win or a draw, ideally a scoring draw. Then we can finish the business here."

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