Andre Villas-Boas 'proud' of draw against Stoke City but disappointed Chelsea did not pick up win

The Portuguese boss got his English career off to a frustrating start with a goalless tie against the Potters, but he expects his side to be more dynamic over the next few weeks
By Nick Price at the Britannia Stadium

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas could not hide his disappointment after seeing his side draw against Stoke City but admitted he was "proud" of his team's display.

The Blues began their campaign at the Britannia Stadium and fought out an even first-half before his side upped the ante in the second period, but after seeing several penalty appeals turned down, the Londoners failed to cash in on their dominance.

The Portuguese manager admitted he was frustrated not to return to Stamford Bridge with three points, but was nonetheless pleased to have taken a point from a side that had a formidable record against the team's top four at home last season.

"The ideal situation would be to come out of Stoke with a win, but in the end we did an excellent second half to try to build on what we were doing poorly in the first half," he told reporters.

"We managed a couple of chances and unfortunately the goal did not come. I think if the goal had come it would have changed the nature of the game and maybe we could have built further on from that.

"But both teams defended very well, very cohesive. We dealt with the problems they created from set plays and we started passing the ball and finding the correct space."

He added: "It's not the right start to the Premier League that we expected, but it's not bad bearing in mind last year the amount of positive results that Stoke had – it was 10 wins and I think four draws out of 18 games – and for the challenge that we faced today, we are proud."

Villas-Boas also admitted that he hopes to see his side produce more free-flowing football over the next few weeks after struggling to break down the Potters, and added that the options available to him will make Chelsea a tough team to beat.

"We know that we like our 4-3-3 and we’ve tested a couple of systems throughout pre-season which gives us some flexibility," he said.

"In the end it is not because you add a striker that you become more offensive, you have to create the right dynamic and hopefully through the passing of the weeks we can be more dynamic in all formations."

The former Porto boss has two home games – against West Brom and Norwich – to look forward to before the international break, and he expects his side to claim six points as they aim for the top.

"For us it very very important to score the two wins. It means seven points before we go away to Sunderland and Manchester United," he added.