Monday, March 1, 2010

Chelsea Manager Urges Players to Look Forward


Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea must forget about Saturday's defeat immediately and concentrate on the FA Cup challenge ahead.
Manchester City's 4-2 victory is hard to swallow for both the squad and fans. It is made more frustrating by the fact Chelsea conceded two goals from counter-attacks, something the Blues are normally adept at dealing with and was added to by our previous record over City, which saw them fail to score in the previous seven meetings at Stamford Bridge.
But Ancelotti insists we must put the loss behind us as we face an FA Cup fixture on Sunday against the side who knocked Manchester City out of the competition.
'There is no time for being angry now,' says the Italian. 'We did a bad performance but we have to look forward.
'It is a difficult moment when you lose a game but we have the possibility to prepare well for the next game and have a good direction. Now we want to show good direction against Stoke in the FA Cup.
'We have confidence in our play and we want to maintain this. It is better to forget immediately.'
The manager blamed our conceding from counter attacks on over-hasty attacking as the Blues strove to salvage the fixture.
'We lost balance when we were on goal down and we conceded two goals from counter-attacks. Usually this team never concedes a goal from counter-attacks.
'But sometimes this can happen. We put too many players up front but it was not a necessity because we had 45 minutes to win this game.'
With balance suffering, numbers on the pitch did too as both Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack received red cards.
'Discipline went after we lost balance and concentration. We made some mistakes but the red card of Belletti was a situation of play. Ballack could have avoided that foul.'

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