Ancelotti unflustered by latest defeat

The Blues have been in poor form in pre-season and they were unable
to contain more lively opponents in the traditional curtain-raiser
to the new campaign. Antonio Valencia broke the deadlock for United
late in the first half before Javier Hernandez doubled their
advantage. Salomon Kalou briefly restored Chelsea’s hopes but a
fine goal from Dimitar Berbatov sealed United’s success. Ancelotti
paid tribute to the better team on the day but refused to panic
about the sluggish performance of his own players. “We played too
slow in the first half,” he told Sky Sports 1. “We had good control
of the game but we didn’t have a chance because our game was slow
and Manchester went up at the end of the first half. “It was not
our best day but this is normal, it can happen at the start of the
season. “I think Manchester played better but we have to look
forward to the start of the season. “The positive is that we have
more minutes on the legs of the players.” Many of Chelsea’s players
were given an extended break after the World Cup and Ancelotti does
not believe they can be expected to perform at their best just yet.
“It’s impossible for some players to be fit and quick after 10 days
of pre-season,” he explained. “Players who came back from their
holidays on 26th July need to improve their condition.” Asked
whether a fourth pre-season defeat concerned him, the Italian said:
“I’m not worried about this. We have to look forward.”