Ancelotti ignores Jose’s mind games

Mourinho, who won six trophies during his time at Stamford Bridge,

including back-to-back league titles, was sacked in September 2007.

Now boss at Inter, Mourinho’s side take on Chelsea in the first-leg

of their last-16 Champions League tie at the San Siro Stadium next

Wednesday. Earlier this week Mourinho claimed that Chelsea had gone

backwards since he was axed by Roman Abramovich. Mourinho and

Ancelotti, former boss of AC Milan, never saw eye-to-eye during

their time as opposing coaches in Italy and the feud shows no sign

of thawing. But Ancelotti refuses to play Mourinho’s mind games,

pointing out that Chelsea never reached the Champions League final

under the ‘Special One’. “I think that Chelsea did a fantastic

season also after Jose because Avram Grant did fantastic work

here,” said Ancelotti. “He got them to the final of the Champions

League. Mourinho won a lot of trophies here, but the other managers

also did a very good job.” Mourinho insists that Ancelotti is no

friend of his but the Chelsea coach is untroubled by such outbursts

and admits the feeling is mutual. “This is true,” said Ancelotti.

“But I’ve never said he is my friend also. We didn’t go to eat

together or drink wine together. “Usually, when you go to eat and

drink and drink one, two, three glasses of wine, usually you say

the truth. “You can have a good relationship about this. But we

didn’t. I’ve never asked him to do this. But that is no problem.

“In Italy, we don’t usually have a glass of wine after games. Maybe

this could be a good moment to improve our ‘friendship’.” Chelsea

are hoping that Frank Lampard will be fit enough to face Inter. The

England international missed the league game against Wolves with a

virus but Ancelotti is confident he will be fit. “We have Ashley

Cole out, Michael Essien out, Jose Bosingwa out. Juliano Belletti,

Deco and Alex are also out. I don’t know about Wednesday. Some

players can recover for the Inter game, but certainly not Ashley,

Bosingwa or Essien. “We will also have to wait for the results of a

scan on Alex who has a problem with his knee.”