The Real Didier Drogba Is Back

Tottenham Hotspur know what is coming. Visiting centre-halves will glance up with trepidation on Saturday evening as the man mountain restored as the pivot of Chelsea’s attack steels himself to deliver another bruising. The notion that Didier Drogba was a spent force, his energy critically sapped by malaria and his significance to this side undermined by the mid-season splurge on Fernando Torres, has long since been shattered. The Ivorian is…

April 30, 2011

Chelsea Lose Injured Alex And Ramires For Two Games

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will be without centre-back Alex and midfielder Ramires for the next two games because of hamstring injuries. The pair missed last Saturday’s win at West Brom and will now also miss home games against Birmingham and West Ham. Meanwhile, Ancelotti insists Fernando Torres will break his Blues goalscoring duck before the end of the season. The £50m Spain striker has gone 871 minutes without a goal…

April 19, 2011

Ancelotti Keeps Faith In Torres

Carlo Ancelotti backed £50million striker Fernando Torres to come good after his Chelsea side lost their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game as Torres was booked for diving. The Chelsea striker, signed from Liverpool in the January transfer window, has now played more than ten hours of football without a goal. Asked why Ancelotti kept Torres…

April 7, 2011

We Have No Interest In Revenge On United: Ancelotti

Revenge was prominent in Carlo Ancelotti’s thoughts after his Chelsea team were drawn to face Manchester United in next month’s Champions League quarter-final. But the Italian does not want vengeance to motivate his players when they take on the club that inflicted a heart-breaking defeat in the 2008 final. True redemption, he says, can come only by lifting the trophy at Wembley in May. At least one English club will…

March 19, 2011

Ancelotti Admits Chelsea ‘Have To Improve’ In Champions League

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted there is room for improvement for his Chelsea team, particularly in front of goal, but believes they can reach the latter stages of the Champions League despite failing to impress with a stuttering scoreless draw with FC Copenhagen. The Premier League club secured a passage into Friday’s quarter-final draw 2-0 on aggregate despite missing too many chances for comfort last night, dampening any sense of satisfaction…

March 17, 2011

Chelsea Have The Best Strikers In Europe:Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti claimed his strike force was “the best in Europe” after Nicolas Anelka’s brace and an encouraging performance from Fernando Torres edged Chelsea within reach of a place in the last eight of the Champions League. The Italian stressed he hoped to remain at Chelsea despite his side’s toils after seeing a comfortable win in Copenhagen sparked by Anelka’s goals, taking his tally to seven in European competition this…

February 23, 2011