Carlo not ruling out treble chance

The Blues kick off their 2010-11 campaign on Sunday at the venue

where they ended the 2009-10 season: Wembley. After the Community

Shield clash with Manchester United, the real business begins for

Ancelotti’s men as they try to defend their Barclays Premier League

and FA Cup successes. That represented the most successful season

in the club’s history, but there was still a twinge of

disappointment at Stamford Bridge as the Champions League once

again proved elusive. Despite losing big-name players in the shape

of Michael Ballack and Joe Cole this summer, Ancelotti insists he

still has a squad capable of competing – and even winning – on all

fronts. Asked if Chelsea could win more than two major trophies, he

said: “More? Maybe. “I think that last year, we did the best. I

think every player did the best possible. “We want to do the same.

We are able to do this.” The Italian added: “I think we have to be

competitive in all the competitions, not only in the Premier League

and not just in the Champions League. “Obviously, they are

fantastic competitions. “We did very well in the Premier League; we

hope to do better in the Champions League.” Ancelotti would also

have been hoping for better in pre-season, with Chelsea failing to

register a victory over top-flight opposition in the build-up to

Sunday’s game. But the Italian shrugged off recent results,

alluding to the fact his World Cup players had only recently

returned to training. “It was a different pre-season because not

all the players started together,” he said. “We were disappointed

about the defeats because losing is not a good thing. Now we are

looking forward.” Those sentiments were echoed by defender

Branislav Ivanovic, who will partner John Terry at the back on

Sunday. “Some of us have only just started pre-season, which is a

very important period,” said the Serbia international, who

nevertheless believes the Blues are in good shape for their Wembley

clash with United. “It is always a tough game against United, but I

think we will be as ready as we can and we need to give our maximum

against them.” After playing second fiddle to Paulo Ferreira and

Jose Boswinga at right-back during his early Stamford Bridge

career, Ivanovic made the position his own last season – partly due

to an injury to Boswinga. Ferreira has been back in favour during

pre-season but, far from being frozen out, Ivanovic has found

himself thrust into the heart of Chelsea’s defence. “I am here to

play wherever the manager says, and for me it is good because I can

play in two positions,” Ivanovic told his club’s official website,

www.chelseafc.com. “For me, last season was a great season, but

every season you can do better and I will give my maximum and hope

I can give the club more than last season. “Every time you win, you

want to show next year you are better, so we must do that.” And

despite knowing the impending return of Boswinga from a knee injury

could hamper his chances of staying in the side, Ivanovic insists

he wants the Portugal international fit as soon as possible. “I

don’t look at it like a battle,” he said. “Jose is a fantastic

player, he has been injured almost a year and we are waiting for

him to be fit again so that he can help the team. “That is the most

important thing.”