Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Ancelotti continues to work his Chelsea magic

Carlo Ancelotti makes his Champions League debut as Chelsea manager tomorrow proud of the way the players are responding to his methods.

The former AC Milan coach may have been around Stamford Bridge only a matter of months but the team already mirror the man — passionate and committed. That was clearly evident at the Britannia Stadium when Florent Malouda scored a stoppage-time winner against Stoke after a spell of sustained pressure from the moment Didier Drogba equalised following Abdoulaye Faye’s opener. The goal stretched Chelsea's 100% record to five games, cemented their place at the top of the table and gave them a timely boost ahead of the home match with Porto.

Ancelotti said: “We played well and with big hearts. It is always important to believe you can go on and get the victory.

“I do not think were are lucky — we play until the last minute — and we did a very good job against Stoke. We want to continue like this as our fans are very happy.”

While Stoke manager Tony Pulis was dejected at the manner of the defeat he took time out to praise Chelsea. He said: “We haven't got the quality Chelsea have. I hold my hands up to that.”

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