Ancelotti unflustered by latest defeat

The Blues have been in poor form in pre-season and they were unable

to contain more lively opponents in the traditional curtain-raiser

to the new campaign. Antonio Valencia broke the deadlock for United

late in the first half before Javier Hernandez doubled their

advantage. Salomon Kalou briefly restored Chelsea’s hopes but a

fine goal from Dimitar Berbatov sealed United’s success. Ancelotti

paid tribute to the better team on the day but refused to panic

about the sluggish performance of his own players. “We played too

slow in the first half,” he told Sky Sports 1. “We had good control

of the game but we didn’t have a chance because our game was slow

and Manchester went up at the end of the first half. “It was not

our best day but this is normal, it can happen at the start of the

season. “I think Manchester played better but we have to look

forward to the start of the season. “The positive is that we have

more minutes on the legs of the players.” Many of Chelsea’s players

were given an extended break after the World Cup and Ancelotti does

not believe they can be expected to perform at their best just yet.

“It’s impossible for some players to be fit and quick after 10 days

of pre-season,” he explained. “Players who came back from their

holidays on 26th July need to improve their condition.” Asked

whether a fourth pre-season defeat concerned him, the Italian said:

“I’m not worried about this. We have to look forward.”