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Villas-Boas' Chelsea reach crucial point in season

Updated: December 05, 2011, 06:31


Chelsea's manager Andre Villa-Boas looks on ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

LONDON(AP) Chelsea hosts in-form Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday in what could turn out to be the most crucial match of Andre Villas-Boas' debut season as Blues coach.

With Chelsea 10 points off the Premier League lead and eliminated from the League Cup, defeat to Valencia would effectively leave Villas-Boas with only the FA Cup to aim for.

Villas-Boas says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will give him more time but that is not what the Blues expected when they prized the Portuguese from FC Porto at the end of last season.

The winner at Stamford Bridge would advance to the next round and the loser will be eliminated. If the teams draw, much will depend upon the result of the other Group E match between Bayer Leverkusen and Genk.

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