Carlo confident after beating Irons

Chelsea went back to the top of the Premier League thanks to a

brace from Didier Drogba and other goals from Alex and Florent

Malouda. Scott Parker had briefly given West Ham hope when he

cancelled out Alex’s 15th minute opener on the half hour but

Chelsea ran out comfortable winners to go one point clear of

Manchester United at the summit. But with Chelsea in the midst of a

goalkeeping crisis as they approach Tuesday’s last 16 return leg

showdown with Mourinho, Ancelotti was keen to stress that Chelsea,

unlike Inter, were in “good condition”. Inter surprisingly lost to

Catania on Friday night and that, coupled with Chelsea’s victory

over West Ham, has put the Blues in the perfect frame of mind. “I

don’t think we sent a message,” said Ancelotti. “The game is in the

balance. We want to win but so do Inter. “We have to do our best to

win and in this moment we are in good condition to do our best. I

have not seen Inter’s game yet, I will watch it on Sunday.”

Ancelotti was a little coy though when it came to the situation

concerning his goalkeeping choice for Tuesday night’s game.

Third-choice keeper Ross Turnbull made his Blues debut against West

Ham, and while he looked competent enough, he had little to do. His

inexperience, particularly when it comes to the Champions League,

may be a concern for the Blues. Chelsea are without calf injury

victim Petr Cech and his deputy Hilario, has a groin strain. But

Chelsea may well try to rush Hilario back to full fitness in time

although Ancelotti continued to maintain Turnbull will play. “We

can play with a good goalkeeper on Tuesday,” he added. “Ross was

not involved a lot of time in the game but he did a good save in

the last minute of the match. “He played with confidence and a good

game. There was no worry. This is important. he deserved to play

this game because he trained very well in the last month to improve

his quality. We have confidence in him. I think he will play

Tuesday.” After the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City at home,

Ancelotti was looking for his side to bounce back in the league.

They delivered the response perfectly. “It was important to have a

good reaction,” said the Italian. “We had a good reaction against

Stoke and we improved again today. We had a bad day against

Manchester City but we came back the right way. It was a very good

performance.” West Ham coach Gianfranco Zola said the scoreline was

not a true reflection of the game but they could not recover from

Chelsea’s second goal from Drogba. “It was tough after the second

goal,” said Zola. “Until then we looked okay. But the second goal

was a big blow. “We played well and kept the control. Scott Parker

was dominating in my opinion and I thought we could have got

something. But Chelsea punish you when you make mistakes. “The

result does not reflect the way the game was played. It was too

much. I feel for my players because they worked hard all the game

and they did not deserve that result. “The first goal was poor

marking and we lost our shape for the second.”