Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his Chelsea side are incapable of winning ugly, but insists he would not have it any other way.
Ancelotti accepts the Blues are currently no match for unbeaten Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United when it comes to grinding out results.
The Italian's claim casts huge doubt on the champions' hopes of staging an extraordinary comeback in the title race, with the team that finishes top often proving the best at picking up points when playing badly. However, Ancelotti has no intention of changing the approach which brought Chelsea the double last season.
"For Chelsea to win a game, we have to play well, play good football," said Ancelotti, whose side travel to Bolton on Monday night 10 points adrift of United.
"We are not able to win a game if we are not able to play well. We played very well last season and when we didn't play well, we lost the game the same way we have lost them this season.
"Our aim is to improve our football. This is the way to win the game. It is our philosophy. We don't want to stay back and maybe use the long ball or use the counter-attack. Maybe this is also the reason that if we don't play well, we are vulnerable."