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Villas-Boas blasts Hansen jibe

Jason Burt

Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00

CHELSEA manager Andre Villas-Boas has directed the sharpest of responses to critics who accused him of being "naïve" in the way he approached last Sunday's match against Manchester United.

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Chelsea lost 3-1 at Old Trafford and, having having reviewed the DVDs, the manager yesterday came out fighting.

And his main target was Alan Hansen who used the word "naïve" in his assessment of the match.

"It was said that we were naïve because the others (United) created an amount of opportunities to win -- but that is completely false," Villas-Boas, said.

"We were the team that had seven or eight opportunities.

"They're Man United at Old Trafford. The three goals -- two were offside and the third was a ricochet. Where were we naïve in that? Or is the person who is writing the article being naïve?

"The fact that three goals happened doesn't mean we were in chaos defensively. It's against a good reading of the game.

"I really think that people like that go against their own principles. They don't know what to say and live through lowering the others, which I find quite extraordinary.

"One thing -- it's untrue. At 30 minutes the most dominant team was the least efficient team; 13 shots against three.

"We were not naïve. We created the most chances. I would do the same (tactics) all over the season." (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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