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

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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)

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