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Andre Villas-Boas: Chelsea only warming up

Andre Villas-Boas has shrugged off Manchester United and Manchester City's blistering starts to the season and insists his Chelsea side are good enough "to grab them".

United and City stormed to the top of the Barclays Premier League before the international break, scoring 13 and 12 goals, respectively, in their opening three games.

Chelsea are just two points adrift of their main title rivals but have managed to score only five times in their three outings, drawing 0-0 at Stoke before struggling to beat West Brom and then Norwich the Saturday before last.

Villas-Boas said: "It's good for them. They've gone on to score a lot of goals and it's good for British football. We just hope to score one more goal than the opponents.

"Man United played to perfection and managed to score a lot.

"They are, with Man City, leading the table for the Barclays Premier League and we are two behind them. We want to grab them.

"Our objective is on shortening distance and not on what the others do in terms of performance."

Chelsea have hardly dazzled since Villas-Boas took charge and the 33-year-old admitted the quality of their game needed to improve ahead of today's trip to Sunderland.

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