I have players’ backing – Carlo

The Blues only fell off the pace in the Premier League title race

after Wilkins surprisingly left his role as assistant manager in

November. Ancelotti’s position came under intense scrutiny during

their worst run of results and, although there has been a recent

upturn, top spot now looks out of reach. The Italian admits that

spirits have been dampened by losing more often than Chelsea have

become accustomed to, but says there is no deeper issue. He feels

he still has the backing of the players, telling the Daily Mail: “I

don’t believe they have lost confidence in me. “It’s the same; with

Ray and without Ray. We have lost confidence because we have not

been able to do the things we want to do on the pitch. “Look, the

players might seem to be interested in things that happen away from

the pitch, outside the training ground, but they are not so

interested, I don’t think. They want to win football matches. “The

relationship between the manager and the players is the most

important thing. To have a good feeling. It doesn’t mean that for

the manager everything is OK. “But I am happy because, just as the

staff with Ray was good, the staff without Ray is also good.”