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Lampard and Cole unhappy at omission

Andre Villas-Boas admitted last night that Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole had disputed his controversial decision to leave them out the line-up for last night's 3-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League knockout round first leg.

James Lawton: Zombie boo-boys are curse of the modern game

Yes, we all know, don't we, of our duty to take the best of life and live philosophically with the rest? However, who is there with a reasonably balanced set of adult responses who is not sickened by the growth of tribal hatred in our football grounds?

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Torres provides selection puzzle at worst possible time for Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti has always admitted to a certain amnesia about Liverpool. "I don't remember. It was a difficult moment, for sure," he said on the eve of his first encounter with them as Chelsea manager 18 months back, when reminded of a certain night in Istanbul when the boys from the Mersey gave his Milan side an object lesson in how tactics can change the course of a game. "Difficult moments can be good and help you improve," Ancelotti also said of that 2005 Champions League final, though the evidence of the latest defeat to this doughty foe suggests he still has some learning to do where tactics are concerned.