ANDRE Villas-Boas denied his decision to leave captain John Terry out of the squad and name Frank Lampard as a substitute was a gamble after Chelsea beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in their opening game in the Champions League.
David Luiz and Juan Mata scored for the Blues as misfiring striker Fernando Torres again failed to score in the Group E clash.
Villas-Boas insisted omitting key duo Terry and Lampard was not a risk.
He said: “I don’t see things like that. I think you are trying to look at the negative when there are so many positives. We have a very competitive squad.”
The Blues had to wait until the 67th minute before Ruiz opened the scoring with Mata sealing victory in the final minute. Villas-Boas claimed Chelsea deserved the victory. He said: “We created so many opportunities to win the game by more. If there was a fair result it would have been Chelsea winning. There was tremendous work-rate, possession and a tremendous amount of shots and good attacking fluency.”
Arsenal were denied a victory at Borussia Dortmund as an exquisite volley from substitute Ivan Perisic secured a late draw. With manager Arsene Wenger forced to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, it had previously looked as if Robin van Persie had snatched the Gunners an unlikely victory.