Chelsea are still full of confidence despite being held to a frustrating draw by Wigan on Saturday. The Blues took the lead midway through the second half when Daniel Sturridge latched on to Ashley Cole’s pass and fired home. Wigan kept pressing though, and with three minutes to go they grabbed a share of the points when Jordi Gomez found the net.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Villas-Boas explained that there were positives to be taken from the match, most notably the manner in which they played during the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Despite this, he admitted it was “disappointing” not have seen things out and sealed the win, especially as they came so close to taking all three points. “We had to be patient to get the goal and once we’d scored we could have maybe pushed on for another but we decided to hold on and try to exploit the spaces in behind,” he said.

“It’s a pity, the players fought hard but confidence isn’t affected,” Villas-Boas added.

He also had praise for Wigan, with the Chelsea manager pointing out that Saturday’s opponent’s had “momentum” following a good run of results.

Now though, the focus shifts to Thursday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur who kept themselves in the title race with a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday. Anyone who has placed a Champions League bet on Chelsea will be hoping they’re back to their best when European football returns.