Chelsea new boy Gary Cahill has described himself as 'ridiculously disappointed' following his side's Champions League defeat to Napoli.Tuesday's 3-1 loss was Cahill's debut in the competition following his move from Bolton in January.
Edinson Cavani claimed Napoli defeated a powerhouse of world football after their 3-1 Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday.Chelsea went into the game without a win in five games in all competitions, but the Uruguay international felt that Walter Mazzarri's men made a real statement of intent during the last-16 first-leg clash at the San Paolo.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill felt his side got the basics wrong in their 3-1 Champions League loss to Napoli on Tuesday.Cahill – signed from Bolton in the January transfer window – was disappointed that his side made rudimentary errors, which allowed Napoli to win well in the first leg of the round-of-16 match.
Andre Villas-Boas insists Chelsea can still progress to the Champions League quarter-finals despite their heavy defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.Chelsea scored first through Juan Mata at Stadio San Paolo, but an Ezequiel Lavezzi brace and an Edinson Cavani goal gave Napoli a 3-1 win in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie, a handy buffer to take to Stamford Bridge on March 14.
Napoli have taken the upper hand in their Champions League round-of-16 tie with Chelsea, winning the first leg 3-1 at home on Tuesday.Juan Mata put Chelsea ahead after 27 minutes at Stadio San Paolo, but an Ezequiel Lavezzi double either side of an Edinson Cavani goal mean Napoli will take a two-goal advantage into the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 14.
Under-fire Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas may start injury-hit captain John Terry in their Champions League tie with Napoli on Tuesday.Despite insisting he has the unconditional support of owner Roman Abramovich ahead of the first leg of the round-of-16 clash, an embarrassing home draw with Championship side Birmingham in their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday, after three games without a win in the Premier League, would suggest otherwise.
Andre Villas-Boas has defended his position as Chelsea manager, claiming he would not have left Porto if he was not confident he could succeed.The Portuguese manager arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer, having spent only one season at Porto - during which he won the Liga Sagres title, domestic cup, Europa League and going an entire season unbeaten at Estadio Dragao.
Napoli star Marek Hamsik is eagerly anticipating their round-of 16 first leg against Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.The Slovakia international said the Serie A outfit are faced with their biggest challenge this campaign, when Andre Villas-Boas' side visits the Stadio San Paolo.
Edinson Cavani has warned critics not to write off Napoli's chances against Chelsea in the Champions League.The Serie A outfit reached the knockout stages in the UEFA competition after finishing above Manchester City and Villarreal in the 'Group of Death'.
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