Ancelotti cools Chelsea crisis talk

The Blues, who had not conceded a point at home until Saturday,

have not now won for four games, two of them in the Premier League.

All three Everton goals arrived courtesy of Chelsea’s inability to

defend set-pieces but Ancelotti was content with his side’s

performance and insisted there were no major worries at the club.

“Who can say we are in crisis?” asked Ancelotti. “I don’t think so.

I want to be objective and when I look at the game and the way we

played I saw that my team played very well. “We didn’t win because

of mistakes at set-pieces. But we played very well for 90 minutes

with intensity and good concentration. “We created a lot of chances

to score and were unlucky today. I am happy because Chelsea played

very well for 90 minutes, (but) I am unhappy with the result. I

didn’t have to say anything to my players because they did the

maximum. “We didn’t win but that can happen in football – you can

draw at home. We defended too close to our goal. It was not

necessary. The defence stayed close to the goal and Cech had no

room to catch the ball. “We conceded three goals from the same

situations. We had the same problem against Aston Villa earlier in

the season and we have to improve again. “We still have the same

chance to win the title. It will be a long race until the end of

the season. The Premier League is very competitive. “We did not

make individual mistakes, they were collective ones.” The Italian

was adamant that he would not be signing any players in January and

is clearly getting frustrated with that familiar line of

questioning. Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Michael Essien and John Mikel

Obi all leave for the African Nations Cup after Chelsea’s fixture

against Fulham on December 28. “I believe Didier Drogba, at the

moment, is very important for us but I believe we can win without

him in January,” added Ancelotti. “I would like to say, for the

last time, we will not buy anybody in January – 100 per cent.”

Chelsea were rocked in the 12th minute when Louis Saha headed a

free-kick from Leighton Baines against the post and into the net

off the back of Petr Cech. But goals from Drogba and Nicolas Anelka

put the Blues in command only for Chelsea to fail to deal with a

throw-in and substitute Ayegbeni Yakubu pounced to put Everton

level in first-half stoppage time. Drogba restored Chelsea’s lead

in the 58th minute but the Blues failed to deal with another

free-kick in the 63rd minute and an attempted clearance bounced off

the back of Saha and into the net. Everton boss David Moyes said it

was his team’s best result of the season. The struggling Toffees

have more than 10 players in the treatment room and so Moyes had

every right to beam with pleasure for a change. “It was a great

draw for us,” said Moyes. “I’d have certainly taken a draw before

the game with the team that we had out. “They didn’t half show

great resilience and endeavour. We know the quality Chelsea have

got, and we know that at the moment we can’t match that. “I have to

give great credit to the boys that played today. I thought they

were immense. “Chelsea have very few weaknesses. Undoubtedly they

are in the top three teams in this country and the same in Europe.

They have very few weaknesses, and I thought today we kept at it.

“The team showed a great spirit and that’s what we’ve tended to do

at Everton. “I’d say this was our best result of the season.

Chelsea caused us lots of problems but I think we’re entitled to

that bit of luck.”