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Premier League prize is bottom line for Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti

27 Mar 2010 14:54:52

Premier League prize is bottom line for Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti

Apparently, translating Carlo Ancelotti's best attempt at an Italian equivalent of 'squeaky bum time' back into English is a little too risqu?or a family newspaper. But the meaning behind the phrase from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not lost on the Chelsea boss, even if he is not yet showing signs of shifting uncomfortably in his chair. When it comes to the pressure of a title run-in Ancelotti claimed he liked to keep everything on the inside what a relief. Eye on the prize: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is content with his side's position And while Ancelotti knows he is embroiled in a titanic battle with Ferguson and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, two mangers who know a thing or two about winning league titles in England, Ancelotti certainly does not view his status as the new kid on the block as a disadvantage. 'We have the same problem because we show tranquility on the outside but, on the inside, it's different,' said Ancelotti, the former AC Milan manager. 'Every season, at the end of the campaign, was very important for me (in Italy). We were either involved in Serie A or the semi-finals and final of the Champions League. For this, I have experience.' Neither does Ancelotti see it as a problem that he has only one Italian title to his name. 'I am an optimist and I would like to win the Premier League title,' he said. 'From the start of the season until the end, I want to do my best. Our destiny is in our own hands. I think that Ferguson is thinking the same, and also Wenger. Heading in the right direction: Frank Lampard (right) puts the gloss on Chelsea's midweek win over Portsmouth 'Chelsea haven't won the title for a long time, so we need to win. We have been at the top of the table for a long time, and we want to get back there and stay there to win this title. I think this is the time for Chelsea to win.' A thumping 5-0 victory over Portsmouth in midweek was crucial in that it improved the side's goal difference, a factor that Ferguson believes could decide the title in this tense campaign. It was also the ideal result after a great deal of negativity brought on by Chelsea's Champions League defeat by Inter Milan and a lacklustre performance against Blackburn. But Ancelotti admits a good display against Aston Villa today will provide a much better indication as to whether Chelsea have blown away the cobwebs in the nick of time as the title race enters the closing stages. And the tobacco-loving Italian even suggested he could give up cigarettes if he does indeed lead Chelsea to the title in his first season in charge, although with one rather significant caveat. 'I once said that, if I won the Champions League in 2007, I promised to quit smoking,' said Ancelotti. 'But I didn't say when! I can do the same if we win the title.'   Arsene Wenger can't forgive Martin Taylor for horror tackle on EduardoSqueeky bum time agian: But Fergie predicts United will win title on last daySir Alex Ferguson questions FA decision not to extend Thomas Vermaelen's ban for a 'frivolous' appeal Arsenal's easy run-in counts for zero in hunt for glory, insists FergusonCarlo puts positive spin on Chelsea Euro exit as he looks for title race edgeThree is magic number for O'Neill as Villa boss targets treble over ChelseaARSENAL FC


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