Mikel: Ancelotti went mad at us
The Blues went in level at 1-1 at the break at Stamford Bridge
before running out comfortable 4-1 winners to book their place in
the quarter-finals. Ancelotti was not happy with Chelsea’s
first-half performance against Cardiff and Nigerian ace Mikel
admits the Italian went “crazy” with the players. “When we went
back into the dressing room the manager was crazy, so we went into
the second half knowing what we had to do,” said Mikel. “He went
mad at us. He shouted at us in English and Italian – everything.
When he’s mad he mixes everything up. “We knew we could do better.
But we came out in the second half and that’s what we gave him.”
Mikel also admitted Chelsea need to improve their away form if they
want to maintain their push for glory on three fronts. Chelsea
remain unbeaten at home this season, but have just one win in their
last six games away from Stamford Bridge. Mikel knows their away
form has to improve and he is confident they can get results on
their travels. “Our away form is something that we need to sort
out,” added Mikel. “We need to speak about it, but we know what we
can do. We know what our players are capable of. “If you look at
us, we have some big players in this team, and when things are not
going well, we know how to sort things out and put things right.
“We have got a very good manager, a very experienced manager who is
going to put things right for us. We have to try and win all our
games from now on.”