Carlo Ancelotti today announced that he was aiming to build a “cycle of success” here at Stamford Bridge. With the players feeling relaxed and happy and with the squad as powerful as ever Carlo believes that our experience will ensure a successful defence of the Premier League and be the platform for lasting success at the club. Ancelotti admitted that with the other sides improving and adding to their squads, Chelsea could not afford to be complacent; “We have a fantastic motivation to succeed, we know we will work harder, we are ready to fight and improve.”
The double winning manager conceded that at times last season his side were fortunate to benefit from other sides poor form but that we could not count on the same mistakes in this campaign, claiming “We played without continuity last year, we can improve this way and arrive stronger.”
“We aim to focus in every competition, but especially in the league, the Premier League. We aim to be stronger this year. I know we are a better squad with young players but we must be patient, we cannot expect them all to arrive (in the team) as finished.” When asked about the current squad Carlo maintained this commitment to youth stating that “We have followed our philosophy and aims to refresh the squad with young players.”
On the subject of Chelsea’s dealings in the transfer business this close season, the manager was very frank when discussing speculation surrounding two players that the club has been linked with: David Luiz and Neymar. Of Luiz he simply stated it was “not true” and there was no interest in the player. With regards to Neymar he explained it would be difficult to discuss the players situation but would say that he could “only comment on his technical quality, he is very talented and someone Chelsea is interested in as with all young players the world over.” When pushed Carlo claimed he would not comment further on media reports that have emerged regarding the details of the clubs pursuit of the youngster. He also added with regards to any future dealings that there was “only the need to buy a player when you need a player, it is the same for Manchester (City) and the same for us. My squad is missing nothing and all positions have great quality.”
Strong stuff indeed.
One player he was more than willing to discuss was the Brazilian midfielder Ramires, “For me even though is a Brazilian, he plays like a European, he is dynamic, fast and can play across all positions in midfield, this is why we want to bring him here. He is a complete player and will have no problems adjusting.”
The club hope to confirm his arrival today after a the finalising of paperwork and final medical tests.
The manager also gave an insight inro the departure of defender Ricardo Carvalho by revealing that the player had requested to leave before the end of last season so that it was no surprise when he left the club, however when asked if Riccy had told him he wished to be reunited with Jose Mourhino, his reply was firm yet sarcastic: “No. Everyone is disapointed but it was his desire to leave the club for a new passion and new experience.”
After four consecutive defeats, conceding 10 goals in the process, it is clear to see that the teams pre-season form was not great however the coach insisted himself and the players have moved on from this, “the defeats are behind us, we didn’t have a good pre-season for many reasons but now we are in a better physical condition and we must be focused.” The italian also revealed that Chelsea’s world cup contingent would be 100% within 1-2 weeks, all fantastic news as the team heads into the defence of the Premier League title.
Finally Carlo had kind words for our opponents tomorrow afternoon and for his counterpoint in the dugout, fellow Italian and Chelsea hero Roberto Di Mateo. “West Brom have a good identity on the pitch, they play good football and for this reason the game will not be easy. Roberto seems half Italian and half English and I followed him closely last year, he did an outstanding job.”
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