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Cech not losing sleep over lack of clean sheets

CHELSEA goalkeeper Petr Cech is clearly buying into manager Andre Villas-Boas's weekly-stated mantra of "letting the talent flow freely", such is his nonchalance at his failure to keep clean sheets this season.

Cech, whose 1,025-minute stint without conceding a goal in 2005 was a Premier League record until Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United surpassed it in 2009, has failed to keep a clean sheet in league games since the opening match of the season when they drew 0-0 at Stoke.

The Czech Republic international admits the lack of shut-outs this season may be a symptom of the team adapting to Villas-Boas's playing style, which is far easier on the eye than many previous managers at Stamford Bridge. But he says as long as the team is winning, there is no cause for concern.

"It is always better to finish with a clean sheet, but we have been playing well and we keep getting three points.

"If you finish the game 0-0 you might be happy with a clean sheet, but it is only one point. If you win 3-1 you get three points, which is more important for the team."

Villas-Boas, who is likely to rest a host of first-choice players in tonight's Champions League Group E game against Genk, is similarly unconcerned about the habit of conceding late goals.

And he is pleased his men are beginning to play with the fluency he had envisaged from the start of the season.

"From the win at Sunderland onwards we have been able to be more fluent. We have found consistency."

Villas-Boas rested John Terry for the Bayer Leverkusen game in September and kept Frank Lampard on the bench and he hinted he may do something similar against Genk, adding: "Any XI we put out is very, very strong."