Carlo confident after beating Irons

Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea are ready for Inter Milan in the

Champions League on Tuesday night following the 4-1 win over West


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

a brace from Didier Drogba and other goals from Alex and Florent


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


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.”