Two of Europe’s biggest club’s Chelsea and Inter Milan would rather forget these past two weeks. Both are defending Champions and both suffered humbling defeats that could very well decide if they successfully defend their titles.
After losing 3-0 to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge a week ago, Chelsea were again humbled by Birmingham on Saturday losing by a single goal. Their loss and Manchester United’s win means the two clubs are now level on 28 points.
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has come out to rubbish rumours suggesting that he will leave the club.
“You have to compare me with (Sir Alex) Ferguson, it’s a different position. Because Ferguson has total control of the team. I am just technical direction. Full stop.”
As is obvious, post match criticism is a guarantee especially if the results received are less than appealing. However, Ancelotti recognises that it comes with the job.
“Obviously (criticism) can happen when the team don’t win. There is more responsibility on the coach but this is normal. This is my job. If the team is not doing a good job, it is normal to have more responsibility. I don’t have a problem, Am I prepared for criticism? Yes, I am prepared. This is the life of the coach. This is a difficult moment but I think we are capable of moving on. It is true we didn’t play well last weekend against Sunderland but we played very well against Birmingham. Everyone who saw the game can say this.”
So with an important Champions League match against Zilina this week, Ancelotti will be keen to get the blues back on winning terms. A host of regular first team players will be missing from this key fixture.
Captain John Terry,and fellow defender Alex are out. Frank Lampard still remains a doubt. However, with Drogba ,Anelka, Kalou and Malouda in attack, the Blues have the firepower to see them through thier midweek encounter.
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