Ancelotti finds positives in Chelsea loss

The Premier League leaders missed the chance to re-establish their

five-point advantage over Manchester United after Fernando Torres

scored twice in the 2-0 victory. Both goals came in the first half

and although the introduction of Didier Drogba after the interval,

having been put on the bench because he was suffering with a fever,

livened up the visitors they found the Reds in no mood to

capitulate. “Obviously the result is not good but the performance

in the second half was really better and I am happy to see my team

play like they played in the second half,” he said. “I think we had

strong pressure in the second half and we deserved to score because

we did a fantastic job in their half but we were unlucky not to

score. “(Jose) Reina is a fantastic goalkeeper and he saved some

opportunities, defensively all the players played for the team and

for this reason they deserved to win.” Ancelotti also acknowledged

the quality of Torres, a player Chelsea were linked heavily with in

the summer. “He scored two fantastic goals and he showed he was fit

and has come back from not a good moment. He is a fantastic

striker,” said the Italian, who admitted his side paid for a

finely-balanced first half in which Liverpool seized the initiative

and then held on. “We didn’t play quick in the first half; we

didn’t have time to build play from the back and we didn’t have the

possibility to find space in the opponents’ half. “Liverpool

defended very well in the first half and counter-attacked, scoring

two fantastic goals. “For us it was very difficult to get back in

the game. The second half was better when we played with strong

intensity and had opportunities but it was not enough because

Liverpool defensively played well for 90 minutes. “To come here and

lose can happen but we have to be positive, we played a fantastic

game in the second half. “We are still top of the table. It is

impossible to win every game and sometimes you lose but the team

showed the same mentality and strength. “We don’t have to react, we

have to win the next game.”