Juan Mata, Chelsea, Valencia
Juan Mata made an emotional return to Mestalla. Reuters


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Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia in the UEFA Champions League Wednesday but Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas will go away from the game feeling his side had enough chances to win the game.

In fairness, Chelsea threw two points away at the Mestalla Wednesday after Salomon Kalou inexplicitly handled in the Chelsea are gifting a late penalty to Valencia which Soldado scored to give Valencia an undeserved point.

Valencia goalkeeper, Diego Alvez, was the busier of the two goalkeepers throughout the night and if it wasn't for the Brazilian stopper, Chelsea could have been out of sight. The 'keeper, not Valencia's number one choice, made two world class saves from Fernando Torres who could do nothing but admire the goalkeeping on display. Alvez also saved excellently from Ramires who missed a golden one on one chance but Alvez stood up well.

Chelsea started the Champions League match day two game brightly and could have had a penalty in the opening exchanges when a mistake from Valencia captain David Albelda was pounced on by Fernando Torres and Adil Rami looked to have caught the Spaniard who was through on goal but the referee waved play on.

Chelsea dominated the first half exchanges and only Rami's cynical challenge on Ramires stopped Chelsea taking the lead before the break. After the break Chelsea looked a far more composed outfit and worked Diego Alvez in the Valencia goal but the Brazilian was standing up to the challenge. Frank Lampard finally broke past Alvez when his 56 minute drive flew pas the Valencia goalkeeper and Chelsea looked to have gained all three points.

However, with three minutes remaining, substitute Salomon Kalou immediately gave the ball to Jonas, whose 25-yard curler was tipped wide by Cech, and the striker then inexplicably handled the resultant corner in the box. The referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot and booking the Ivory Coast international before Soldado stroked the penalty beyond Cech with just three minutes remaining.

After the game Andre Villas-Boas defended his deciosn to bring on Kalou in the final stages of the game.

"I think it was the right choice bearing in mind what we were looking at, which was the fact that Valencia were coming out on the left side and doing a lot of two against ones against Bosingwa," the Chelsea boss said.

"We controlled the left side. The goal doesn't come from that situation. If you bring on a defender, you suffer the goal the same. So it's nothing to do with that in my opinion," he said.