Carlo: Crunch clash won't decide title

BY foxsports • April 2, 2010

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti appreciates the importance of the trip to Manchester United, but insists Saturday's game is not a title decider.

The Blues travel to the home of the league leaders and defending champions trailing Sir Alex Ferguson's men by just one point with six games of the season remaining.

Saturday's encounter is certain to have a pivotal impact on the destination of the title, while Arsenal remain in contention just three points further back from the West London club.

Chelsea have recovered well from the disappointment of their Champions League exit at the hands of former boss Jose Mourinho and his Inter Milan side, scoring 12 goals in their last two games against Portsmouth and Aston Villa.

The Red Devils will also be missing their attacking talisman Wayne Rooney for the coming weeks after the England international suffered minor ligament damage in the midweek defeat to Bayern Munich. Ancelotti, who will have his own star striker Didier Drogba available after a knee problem, is determined to wrestle top spot back from their opponents having headed the pack for long spells this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Italian said: "It will be an important game.

"I think that this game won't decide the winner, but the team that wins the game will have a good chance to win the title.

"I am working to bring the Premier League here to Stamford Bridge.

"We are hungry to win because Chelsea has been very close for three years and now is the time to win.

"I am not satisfied because we are in second place in the table. We were in first place for eight months and now we are in second. We have a chance in the next game to move back into first place."

Despite the weight of expectation placed on his shoulders to bring success to Stamford Bridge, which increased following their European exit, Ancelotti remains relatively relaxed with the Premier League and FA Cup still in his sights.

He added: "I think we deserve to win something. We had a bad performance in the Champions League, this was not good.

"But in the Premier League we have done a good job until now. Now we have to try to win.

"The pressure is normal, it is a good thing. Pressure is life. When you have adrenaline in your body you have to be happy because adrenaline is a good thing."

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