Ancelotti unflustered by latest defeat

Carlo Ancelotti felt the tempo of Chelsea’s play was too slow in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley.

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."