Carlo not in ‘total control’

The Blues have lost three of their last four Premier League games,
with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Birmingham coming after defeats to
Liverpool and Sunderland, all of which have allowed the champions
to be caught at the top of the table. The sacking of assistant boss
Ray Wilkins – a decision taken over the head of Ancelotti – was met
with disbelief by many at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian manager
admitting he does not have “total control” over his team. When it
was suggested to Ancelotti that Sir Alex Ferguson would not
tolerate a decision such as Wilkins’ sacking being made at United
without giving it his full approval, he said: “It is a different
position to Ferguson. “It is different because Ferguson has total
control of the team. I have just the technical direction, full
stop, okay.” Ancelotti, though, insists Wilkins’ exit is not an
excuse for his side’s dramatic slump in form, and accepts that
criticism will inevitably follow after such a poor run of results.
He said: “This (the Wilkins situation) is not the reason why we
lost the game(s). “We lost the games because in four games, we
scored just one goal. We have to improve there, to stay more in
focus, we have to continue to play like we did against Birmingham.
“Obviously (criticism) can happen when the team don’t win. “There
is more responsibility on the coach but this is normal. “This is my
job. If the team is not doing a good job, it is normal to have more
responsibility. I don’t have a problem, “Am I prepared for
criticism? Yes, I am prepared. This is the life of the coach. “This
is a difficult moment but I think we are capable of moving on. “It
is true we didn’t play well last weekend against Sunderland but we
played very well against Birmingham. Everyone who saw the game can
say this.” Ancelotti, who sat alongside new assistant Michael
Emenalo at St Andrew’s, believes Chelsea will bounce back from
their mini slump although he admits defensively they have to
tighten up. Birmingham scored from their only worthwhile attack
through Lee Bowyer. Ancelotti said: “It is important to have a
difficult moment and stay top of the table. “We know very well that
we have lost three games in four and this is not good for Chelsea.
For this reason, I have to take my responsibility. “But I am not
worried about the team because I think we are again able to play
good football and so we have to move and look forward to the next
game against Newcastle. “How much of a concern is the defence? At
Birmingham, we conceded from the one opportunity they created. We
had 10-12 opportunities to score ourselves. “Obviously we have to
stay more concentrated if you concede one opportunity and the
opponents score from it. There we have to have more concentration.”