Previous
Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Leicester City
FC Porto
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
CSKA Moscow
Tottenham Hotspur
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Dinamo Zagreb
Juventus
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
Club Brugge
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Sporting CP
Legia Warsaw
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
AS Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

Horncastle: Totti thriving at 40

Italian Serie A
Read

Villas-Boas rejects Cole rift reports

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has rejected reports that defender Ashley Cole questioned his tactics in the aftermath of Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Napoli.

Villas-Boas press conference

• Agent calms Benitez speculation

It was suggested by sections of the British media that Cole had confronted Villas-Boas over his strategy after Chelsea slumped to a disappointing last-16 Champions League first leg loss in Naples.

The speculation added to the conjecture over the Portuguese's future, with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez this week linked with his position at Stamford Bridge.

Of the reports regarding Cole, Villas-Boas said: "This is not true." He then stressed that he is confident he still has the backing of owner Roman Abramovich: "Yes. Of course."

He did, however, admit that he had to explain his starting XI against Napoli to the club's hierarchy, with the likes of Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres having to settle for a place on the bench.

Villas-Boas said: "I have spoken to the persons near to him (Abramovich). He is disappointed and asking questions about how we set up the team, which were duly explained."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.