Carlo Ancelotti faced the media today in the wake of Chelsea’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Manchester United in midweek.
The under fire manager now has to steady the ship at Cobham ahead of a weekend trip to the midlands to face West Bromich Albion at the Hawthorns as the Blues look to consolidate their position in the top four and ensure Champions League qualification next season.
With speculation growing in many quarters that Ancelotti could be facing a summer exit from Stamford Bridge, with his former club Roma a mooted destination, the manager insisted his future was at Chelsea in the present and that he was focused on the task at hand:
“Obviously it is not an easy time because after the defeat it is not easy to move on but I think it is a good opportunity to measure our mentality, our strength and our character and it will be important to move on quickly with a reaction tomorrow,” he said.
“It is a very important game against a team with strong quality and new management, they are doing very well and it will be a good step for us, not just for the result but obviously we want to reach the first four places in the Premier League but to measure our character and personality and how we are able to move on from the defeat on Tuesday.”
“In these seven games we have to try to win all seven games. We cannot think about winning the title, there is a strong gap for Manchester United and it is difficult to close this gap but we have to stay focused on our games, not the games of the other teams. Tomorrow we have to play against West Bromwich.”
The form of £50million signing Fernando Torres has been of concern to Blues fans of late, but his manager offered words of support whilst revealing the Spaniards personal struggle and believes Torres will prove his critics wrong in due course, “‘Everyone in this club tries to maintain his confidence, I try with my job speaking with him and I don’t know really. Obviously he is not happy, it will not be easy for him, this moment, but he has personality and has to show character in this moment.”
“We have to believe. Torres is a fantastic transfer, not just for now but for the future so to judge now is not right. We have to wait, he is a fantastic striker, he is living not a good moment but he will move on and will be a fantastic player for Chelsea.”
Carlo revealed that two Blues stars will not travel to the midlands for Saturdays game after picking up muscle strains in midweek: the Brazilian duo of Ramires and Alex, although the manager did claim they would be both be available for Wednesday’s visit of Birmingham City to Stamford Bridge.