A confident Carlo Ancelotti faced questions from the media at Cobham today, declaring that his Chelsea side would triumph in the Midlands tomorrow night as the Blues face Wolves at Molineux.
“We must stay calm, stay focused we have moved on from the difficult moment. Against Wolves we will win, we will not lose. We are improving.”
After Chelsea suffered last minute heart ache against Aston Villa on Sunday, you could be forgiven for assuming that Ancelotti would be feeling the pressure but instead the manager was honest in his assessment of the game, believing that despite the result, the teams performance spoke volumes about their title ambitions.
‘We drew against Everton with a goal in the 86th minute, we conceded a goal in the last minute against Aston Villa and missed a penalty in the last minute against Tottenham’
‘Physically we showed a good condition against Aston Villa in the second half. We didn’t have a problem with recovery, the problem was the result.
‘We are disappointed about the result against Aston Villa because we conceded in the last moment but we did everything to win. We were a little bit unlucky.
‘It is true we are not playing so well but it is also true that when you concede a goal in the last minute you are not so lucky.’
The wild scenes of celebration on the pitch that echoed around Stamford Bridge when John Terry scored what he believed to be the winning goal on Sunday have come under criticism in some quarters but the manger was bullish when pressed on the issue, claiming it showed the desire of his squad.
‘The celebration of the third goal, someone said it was too much, I don’t think it was too much, the players really showed fantastic attitude, they wanted to win that game, so the celebration after the goal was really good.’
Carlo also moved to quash rumours of a reported bust up between captain John Terry and Didier Drogba after the final whistle, saying, “There absolutely was no argument. They were discussing the positioning for the last goal. This is ok for them to do this but there is no problem.”
With the January transfer window now open for business, there has been speculation that the Blues are in the market for several players, notably Bolton Wanderer’s centre half Gary Cahill. Carlo was typically guarded when asked about the clubs transfer plans but revealed that Chelsea were in talks regarding several potential additions, stopping short of repeating last year’s promise of streaking naked around the training ground if the club made any signings.
“Cahill is a good player, there are many around Europe and if we need someone we are able to get them.”
Reports had also been linking Chelsea with David Beckham after the midfielder expressed his desire to return to the Premier League on loan during the Major League Soccer close season. Carlo however expressed his admiration for Beckham, a player he took to AC Milan under similar circumstances, but ruled out making a move for the former England captain.
“I read Beckham would like to come back for Tottenham,” said Ancelotti. “He is a fantastic professional player and could be good support for Tottenham if he comes back.
“But we are not interested. In that position we have good players.”
“When he came to Milan he was not young. He came from the American league and it is not a league with fantastic football but he gave fantastic support.
“Beckham is a professional player, it is easy to manage him. Every time he does total support for the team.
“He is an unselfish player. I was happy to manage him for six months because he is a fantastic player and a good man.”
With regards to departing players in the window, reports in the media had suggested that striker Daniel Sturridge has asked for a loan move to seek more playing time however, Ancelotti revealed that no talks had taken place and that there was “no way” Studge would be leaving on loan, with more first team opportunities on the horizon for the promising youngster.
No fresh injury updates were reported ahead of the visit to the Midlands, with long term absentee’s Alex, Yossi Benayoun and Yuri Zhirkov still sidelined. Branislav Ivanovic also returns to the side from suspension.