Ancelotti: No pressure from Roman

BY foxsports • September 12, 2010

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists Blues owner Roman Abramovich is not obsessed with winning the Champions League.

It has been reported that the Russian is desperate for European success, but Ancelotti insists that is not the case.

Chelsea begin their latest quest against MSK Zilina on Wednesday, but Ancelotti insists that there is no mounting pressure on him to take European football's top club prize.

"I speak with Roman a lot, but he is not obsessed with the Champions League," he said.

"He wants to win everything, but he's not desperate. I don't have pressure from outside.

"I want to put myself under pressure because I want to win, he wants a team with a clear identity and we have created that.

"The normal step for players in this situation is to think about winning the Champions League.

"The players have reached the semi- final five times and one final. They deserve it, but only if you do it better than others."

And Ancelotti is adamant that retaining the Premier League title he won at the first attempt last season is just as important.

"I don't want to think that the Champions League is more important than the Premier League. Both are very important. Last season we won the PL," he said.

"We don't want to say the Premier League is not very important - we would like to win it again. But the normal step is to do things better than we did last season in the Champions League. We went out too early.

"Our aim is to improve our type of play, to have more continuity to do better and to stay involved."

And while some are calling on England to ditch the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, Ancelotti feels they could just be entering their prime.

"The physical training has improved a lot compared to 20 years ago. I think 30 years old is the right moment," he said.

"When I was a player, the best year of my career was when I was 30."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has confirmed that Terry is a doubt for their opening game with Zilina after hurting his rib in the win over West Ham on Saturday.

"His rib is not broken, but he is in discomfort. We will assess him in the next couple of days," he said.


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