Andre Villas-Boas denies bust-up

Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas has denied that there has been a bust-up between himself and Ashley Cole, and has defended his team selection for the defeat to Napoli on Tuesday.

The Stamford Bridge club were beaten 3-1 in Italy, with senior figures Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard starting the fixture from the bench.

Despite Cole replacing an injured Jose Bosingwa during the game, Villas Boas has rejected claims that the pair had been involved in an argument.

“It’s not true,” the Portuguese trainer stated in a press conference, published on Sky Sports.

“You don’t expect them to be jumping up and down with excitement when the manager doesn’t use them.

“The club is more important than any individual. Full backing, part backing or whatever backing – it doesn’t matter,” he admitted.

Reports in the English media have stated that Lampard was also fuming about not starting the match at San Paolo, but Villas Boas has stood by his team selection.

“In the end it is the decision of the manager and Frank accepts that.

“Of course it is difficult for him. It is a difficult decision to take, but it is always taken in the best interests of the team.

“Sometimes whatever you say to players is not enough to convince them your choice is the right one.

“I don’t have any regrets about team selection. It was what I felt was completely right. The team was well set up,” he stated.

Chelsea have not won a game in six matches in all competitions, and face Bolton at home this weekend.

By Gareth McKnight

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