Ancelotti: Blues are in the box seat

First-half strikes from John Terry and Nicolas Anelka, who

converted a penalty, completed a 2-0 victory over the French

champions at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have two wins from two

matches and Ancelotti believes they are now well placed to reach

the second round. “I think we’re in control of our qualification.

This victory was a good step,” said the Chelsea manager. “We have

four more matches to play and the next two against Spartak Moscow

will be important. “There is a good possibility that we’ll finish

in first place.” Other than a purple patch in the second half when

Marseille took command, Chelsea were rarely in trouble and hit the

woodwork twice in the last 20 minutes through Alex and Michael

Essien. Ancelotti, however, insisted it was anything but an easy

night’s work. “It wasn’t comfortable because the second half was

more difficult as Marseille wanted to get back into the game,” he

said. “They put pressure on our midfield and we didn’t play as well

as the first half but we did create a lot of chances. We had less

chance to play from the back. “The first goal was very good skill

from John to score. The game was easier after that but Marseille

were in the game until the end. “They played good football,

attacked and wanted to score. “No, I don’t think we were thinking

about the Arsenal game on Sunday in the second half.” Anelka’s

nonchalant 28th-minute penalty may not have been to Ancelotti’s

liking but the Italian refused to criticise his striker in public.

“I don’t tell Anelka how to shoot a penalty. If he scores I’m

happy,” he said. “I’ve never seen Anelka scared or nervous. He’s

always quiet and calm. He’s a good character.” Ancelotti was

pleased with the performance of teenager Gael Kakuta, who started

in a three-pronged attack alongside Anelka and the magnificent

Florent Malouda. “Kakuta was good, he was involved and played for

the team,” he said. “That is the most important thing for a young

player. Sometimes a young player wants to show his ability and

quality. “But instead he wanted to play for the team and so I have

to congratulate him for his performance.” Marseille coach Didier

Deschamps admitted his side had been overwhelmed at Stamford Bridge

in their second defeat of Group F. “We were almost strangled by

Chelsea’s superiority. We were dominated both technically and

physically,” said Deschamps. “We found the first half tough and

lacked aggression at times. There was a gap between the teams

tonight. “We tried harder in the second half but they could have

added a third. There was a huge difference between the sides.”