Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has held crunch talks with manager Andre Villas-Boas over recent results. The Sunday Express says Abramovich has not been overly impressed with Chelsea's start to the season, especially the 5-3 home defeat against Arsenal. It's believed the Russian has been perplexed by his young manager's treatment of some of the experienced players, especially Frank Lampard and has made his feelings known.

Lampard has been left out on occasions as the 34-year-old former Porto boss attempts to develop a younger side in his image.

But the results and some performances haven't reached the heights expected at Chelsea.

It's all putting pressure on Villas-Boas, who faces a critical test against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

It hasn't reached crisis stage yet but there are differences of opinion over certain aspects of play.