Carlo Ancelotti insists he is under no pressure from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
The Chelsea manager has seen his side lose three of their last four Barclays Premier League games. But while the Italian admits he felt under pressure when Chelsea lost to Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League last season he maintains there has been no heat from Abramovich. The expectation comes from himself.
Ancelotti said: "The owner doesn't put me under pressure. After the defeat against Inter it was normal to be under pressure because we didn't reach our result in the Champions League. It wasn't the owner who put me under pressure. He always supports me and is supporting me also in this moment."
He added: "To be under pressure doesn't mean I'm not safe. It's normal to be under pressure. Under pressure I have more concentration.
"You have to look at the results. The results are not good and I have to take my responsibility and stay more in focus on my job.
"I have to use all my experience to give more opportunities to the players to do better."
By the time Chelsea kick-off against Newcastle on Sunday they could have been leapfrogged at the top of the table by Manchester United, who face Blackburn at Old Trafford on Saturday.
But Ancelotti insisted: "We're not concerned, but it would be better for everyone to stay top.
"A strong manager, a strong team, has to manage the pressure. It's impossible to stay all the time at the top.
"Last year was the same, we went down but we reacted well and won the title at the end of the season."