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The Blues manager has defended his line-up for Tuesday's game in Italy, before denying all reports of a bust-up with his players

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists that he has no regrets about the team he selected to face Napoli in the first-leg of their Champions League tie.

The Portuguese’s selection has come under scrutiny after senior players Ashley Cole, Michael Essien and Frank Lampard were all omitted from the west Londoners starting line-up.

But Villas-Boas believes he picked the right team, despite succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.

"I don't have any regrets about team selection. It was what I felt was completely right. The team was well set up,” Villas-Boas told reporters.

The former Porto boss has also refuted claims that there has been a bust-up between him and Ashley Cole

"It's not true," insisted the 34-year-old. "[But] you don't expect [the players] 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."

However the former Porto boss has admitted Frank Lampard wasn't happy about starting the game against Napoli on the bench.

"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.

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

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