Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Cech backs boss Ancelotti

Petr Cech

Petr Cech has backed Carlo Ancelotti to lead Chelsea out of a slump that has seen them plummet down the Barclays Premier League table.

Blues boss Ancelotti has presided over the club's worst run since 1998 by securing just six points from eight games. And although it is understood his Chelsea future is under no immediate threat, and the club are satisfied Ancelotti is the right man to lead them back up the table, owner Roman Abramovich's patience is not without limit.

Cech said: "Last season there was a period where there was a lot of pressure here and yet we turned things round and won the double. We will try to do the same thing."

Goalkeeper Cech believes the Italian manager is taking the situation in his stride as he prepares the team for tonight's clash with Bolton at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea go into having dropped to fifth in the league.

"You have to ask him (how Ancelotti coping), but I think he's coping well. He's got lots of experience," Cech said. "There was a lot of pressure when he was manager of AC Milan."

Chelsea lost further ground in the title race with Monday night's 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in a performance that underlined their lack of confidence.

At this rate they will struggle to qualify for the Champions League, but Cech refuses to rule them out of the title race.

"We can't find the same rhythm and are making wrong choices so you can see that we are making lots of wrong passes," he added. "Every time we attack we are offside and are making mistakes too in the defensive third.

"This is exactly the reason why we are not winning games. The results have been bad over the last month and we have found ourselves in a circle.

"We made a mistake, we get punished and we don't score goals. This is the kind of period that sometimes you get in sport and it's up to us to overcome it.

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