Carlo calm despite poor Chelsea form

Blues boss Ancelotti watched his double winners beaten 3-1 by

Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday,

their fourth consecutive defeat as they prepare for their defence

of the Premier League. Yossi Benayoun is the only senior player

Chelsea have added to their squad this summer, while the arrival of

Ramires is thought to be imminent. Otherwise, Ancelotti is happy

with the resources at his disposal, insisting recent results

reflect only the lack of time he has had to work with his World Cup

players since they returned to training. And he laughed off the

possibility of making further signings as a response to his side’s

current form. “Fortunately, it’s pre-season,” he said. “I think

that there is time to come back to win.” He added: “It was not a

good pre-season for results. We lost four games but I think we did

our best. “We need for the players who came back the on July 26 to

have more time to train.” Ancelotti does not believe his World Cup

players – such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba –

will be fully match fit for another fortnight. For that reason, he

is grateful for this week’s international fixtures, which will give

many of his players additional game time. “The England players are

very close to being fit,” he said. “It’s good for them to play an

international game. They could play 70 minutes without a problem.”

Despite appearing unconcerned about recent displays, Ancelotti

accepts his players need to rediscover their form fast if they are

not to be playing catch-up at the start of the season. “I’m not

worried but I think that we have to improve,” he said. “We have to

have more time in possession.” Ancelotti felt his side played “too

slowly” on Sunday and allowed United too much time on the ball.

Paul Scholes did most of the damage with a midfield masterclass

which Ancelotti was able to appreciate but felt was helped by his

own side’s lack of match sharpness. “Scholes is a fantastic player;

he played a very good game,” he said. “Maybe we gave him more

possibility to play well because we didn’t put strong pressure on

him. “When you are not fit 100%, it’s difficult to put strong

pressure on during the game. “But he showed fantastic touch,

fantastic switch of play. “I agree that he was the man of the

match.”