Carlo: We must seize the moment

You would have been laughed out of town for suggesting it two

months ago but victory at Old Trafford would send the champions

back to the top of the Premier League table with just two games

remaining of one of the most topsy-turvy top-flight seasons in

living memory. The Blues were in danger of failing to finish in the

top four at the end of February and were 15 points behind and 1-0

down to United at Stamford Bridge on March 1. But their fightback

to win that game sparked a run that has seen them take 25 of the

last 27 points on offer, slowly reeling in Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

United nevertheless remained overwhelming favourites to depose

Chelsea as champions until this weekend, when the most dramatic of

matches for both sides blew the title race wide open. Asked what

the key was to winning next Sunday, Ancelotti said: “The moment.

“You need to use character and personality to play this match.

“Both teams have that, but it is the momentum.” The force certainly

seems to be with Ancelotti’s men, who beat Tottenham 2-1 yesterday

thanks to two goals that should have never stood before watching

United lose 1-0 at Arsenal after they were denied what appeared a

clear penalty. Sunday’s game is nevertheless too close to call,

with Chelsea having won at Old Trafford last season in what proved

a title decider as well as coming out on top at Stamford Bridge in

March. They have since lost home and away to United in the

Champions League, although they are arguably in better form now

than they were at the start of last month. Ancelotti, who revealed

his players “spirit” had also improved since their European exit,

said: “It is the best moment to play there because now our

condition is good and the momentum is also. “But obviously it will

not be easy to play there.” He added: “I don’t think we are better

(than United). I think we have the same power, the same strength,

the same ability.” Incredibly, retaining the title might not be

enough for Ancelotti to keep his job, so he was understandably coy

about debating if it would be the most satisfying trophy he had

ever won. “Football is strange,” he said. “If it happens, it will

be really strange.”