Andre Villas-Boas would be unwise to play for a goalless draw

Chelsea fight to retain Euro value

When Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich, paid a world-record compensation fee of €15 million (£13.3m) to Porto for Andre Villas-Boas last summer, it was not with the primary intention of winning the Carling Cup. So while a home defeat by Liverpool last Tuesday – the second in 10 days – was as welcome as a warm glass of lager, the disappointment was more easily digested. Defeat in the fourth most important competition of the season is one thing, but going out of the Champions' League this Tuesday would be something else.

Michael Ballack felt Chelsea had lost some of their mental strength

Ballack: Chelsea players must deliver now more than ever

The iron mental strength which brought Chelsea such success under Jose Mourinho and made the sort of run currently threatening to destroy the club's season unthinkable is conspicuous by its absence in Andre Villas-Boas's side, according to the former Stamford Bridge midfielder Michael Ballack.

Andre Villas-Boas: The Chelsea manager says Torres is helping the club by creating goals

Players to blame for dip in form says Petr Cech

Petr Cech has delivered a damning assessment of Chelsea's current failings, pinning the blame firmly on the players and absolving manager Andre Villas-Boas of responsibility.

Friedrich enjoys his late winner in unconventional style

Lacklustre Chelsea add to the agony for Villas-Boas

Bayer Leverkusen 2 Chelsea 1

Bayer Leverkusen v Chelsea player ratings

Man-for-man marking from Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at the BayArena.

Manuel Friedrich's header beats Petr Cech

Heartbreak for Chelsea as Friedrich strikes late on

Bayer Leverkusen 2 Chelsea 1

Chelsea need win to get back on track says Florent Malouda

Florent Malouda has insisted the solution to Chelsea's current woes is simple: victories, starting in tonight's Champions League clash at Bayer Leverkusen.

Villas-Boas is already answering questions over whether his job is safe

Leverkusen boss praises Villas-Boas

Bayer Leverkusen boss Robin Dutt today backed Andre Villas-Boas to get it right at Chelsea before vowing to pile the pressure on his opposite number tomorrow.

Andre Villas-Boas brings on the former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres as a late substitute

James Lawton: Bellamy lifts Dalglish pressure and piles it on to Villas-Boas

The best Villas-Boas can hope for now is a little patience and understanding

Torres takes advantage of Belgian generosity

Chelsea 5 Genk 0

Ronaldo's hat-trick helps Real hit six

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid raced to a convincing 6-0 win at Real Zaragoza in their opening La Liga fixture yesterday, as the Spanish league started a week later than planned after the players ended their strike. Marcelo, Xabi Alonso and Kaka were also on target for Jose Mourinho's side in the rout.

Villas-Boas backs City to win European Cup on debut

Chelsea manager talks up Mancini's side as United get easiest draw of English clubs

Manchester City face tough group in Champions League

Manchester City avoided a group of death in their first Champions League draw but Roberto Mancini's side still face something of a baptism of fire.

Szczesny and Van Persie give Arsenal respite from the gloom

Udinese 1 Arsenal 2 (Arsenal win 3-1 on aggregate)

News
Apple CEO Timothy Cook
peopleAnti-LGBT campaigner Vitaly Milonov suggested Tim Cook could bring 'Aids or gonorrhea' to Russia
News
people
News
i100
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
glastonbury
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Shock of the news: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’
filmReview: Gyllenhaal, in one of his finest performances, is funny, engaging and sinister all at once
Life and Style
Taste the difference: Nell Frizzell tucks into a fry-up in Jesse's cafe in east London
food + drinkHow a bike accident left one woman living in a distorted world in which spices smell of old socks and muesli tastes like pork fat
Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington has been given a huge pay rise to extend his contract as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
tv
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes