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Andre Villas-Boas: Chelsea win is 'slap in the face'

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-BoasAFP

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas reckons his team's given critics a "slap in the face" by reaching the Champions League knockout stages.

The Blues topped their group after beating Valencia 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The important victory is only their fifth win in the past 11 games.

"My players deserve respect they don't get," said Villas-Boas. "We've been chased by different kinds of people and pressures. Here we have given everyone a slap in the face."

Didier DrogbaAFP
Didier Drogba scored two of Chelsea's three goals against Valencia

Arsenal are also through to the final 16, despite losing 3-1 to Olympiakos. The Gunners still managed to finish top of their group.

Manchester City take on Bayern Munich and Manchester United play Basel on Wednesday night.