Carlo Ancelotti blasted speculation about his future at the managers press conference at Cobham today. This comes after reports had surfaced overnight about his position at the club, with some sources even claiming he had tendered his resignation after phone calls to the League Managers Association.
With regards to the rumours he said, “I don’t know if it’s enough to clarify my position today to close these rumours and speculation,” “These rumours are totally untrue. I don’t know why they came out. I didn’t speak with the LMA. They called me last night when I was at home, quiet, to find out what was happening.
“These rumours are totally untrue. I have my contract until 2012, here, in this club. I’ve said a lot of times that I’d like to stay here. I love not just this club, but these players. I have a lot of confidence in these players, in this squad, so there’s no reason to change my ideas. I don’t know if this is enough to speak about all this.
After a poor run of results, which has seen the Double Winners suffer 3 defeats in their last 4 league outings, Ancelotti was honest in his assessment and acknowledged that when his side is in poor form, the spotlight on his role only intensifies but insisted that he was as committed as ever to the Blues.
“I think that when the team don’t reach the right results, obviously the coach is under pressure. Obviously I am under pressure because I’d like Chelsea to win every game, but just this. I am focused on my job and to give my team, my club the confidence to make us play better than we are at this moment. Just this.”
With Stamford Bridge hosting the visit of MSK Zilina on Tuesday night, Ancelotti revealed that a much changed Chelsea side would face the Slovakian champions as the Blues look to consolidate their position at the top of Group F. Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, centre back Jeffery Bruma and England U21 International Josh Mcecharan will all start with John Terry, Frank Lampard, Alex and Michael Essien the notable absentee’s.