Ancelotti admits World Cup boost

The Three Lions failed to make an impact in South Africa under

Ancelotti’s fellow Italian Fabio Capello, crashing out in the first

knock-out round following a dismal campaign. But Blues stars John

Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who all struggled on England

duty this summer, have enjoyed an encouraging start to the season.

Chelsea have set the early Premier League pace with 12 goals and

six points from their opening two games, and Ancelotti believes the

England players in his squad are determined to compensate for their

World Cup failure. “If you have character, then after a problem you

cannot have no motivation,” Ancelotti told The Sun. “But from this,

I think the English players are taking more motivation from the

World Cup. “They have all come back with good motivation and I

think they are in good condition. The English players like Terry,

Lampard and Cole are all now showing very good physical condition.”

When asked whether England’s miserable World Cup showing has worked

in favour of his side, Ancelotti added: “I think so. “To have a

good rest after the World Cup was a necessity. “They had a very

long season in England and they needed to have good recovery time.”

Lampard netted his first goal of the campaign against West Brom in

the Blues’ season opener at Stamford Bridge, while defenders Terry

and Cole helped keep clean sheets in that match and in their 6-0

away victory at Wigan on Saturday. “Defensively, we were good in

the first half because Wigan put us under a lot of pressure and we

didn’t concede,” added Ancelotti. “They only had three shots from

distance.” The Italian was also full of praise for Didier Drogba’s

display against the Latics, despite him failing to get his name on

the scoresheet after landing a hat-trick during the Blues’ 6-0

triumph over the Baggies last weekend. “I am very happy with him

and he showed a good understanding with Kalou,” he said. “Usually a

striker will try to score, but he was unselfish. “He is not a

Superman but he is playing well and he is a humble player. It is

not easy to find such humility in a big player.”