Ancelotti cools Blues title talk

07 March 2011 11:43
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti downplayed his team's chances of defending their Premier League crown despite beating Blackpool 3-1.The victory leaves the Blues nine points behind Manchester United with one game in hand and a trip to Old Trafford yet to come. [LNB]But Ancelotti said: "Our aim at this moment is to stay in the top four. [LNB]"We are closer to Manchester United but we have to prepare for the next game and prepare game by game." [LNB]Chelsea went into the break at Bloomfield Road with a slender lead thanks to John Terry's close-range header but it was the introduction of Salomon Kalou for the injured Didier Drogba in the 55th minute that proved to be the turning point. [LNB]The Ivory Coast international played a part in both second-half goals, winning the penalty that Frank Lampard converted and shortly afterwards his defence-splitting pass sent the England midfielder through to score his second of the evening. [LNB] [LNB][LNB]Kalou couldn't wait to go down - Holloway[LNB]"The game was not easy. Blackpool were in the game until we scored the penalty and also at the end they were pressuring us a lot and we could not relax," added the Italian. [LNB]"Our performance was good in general, we showed some good football and we deserved to win. [LNB]"Now we have nine points and another game [in hand] against Birmingham but it is too far to think we can come back in to fight for the title. To take it game by game is easier for us." [LNB]Goalscorer Lampard was far more optimistic of his team's chances of overhauling United but admitted successfully defending the title was a "long shot". [LNB]"We have to believe," said the 32-year-old. "We have a lot to do but if we go and win every game we will have a great chance to do it, but it will be very difficult. [LNB]"We are still behind but it is nice to be looking up in the table at the top four. [LNB]"We weren't at our best tonight, we were a bit sloppy and we cannot afford to be like that if we want to do anything. [LNB]"If we win every game we still have a chance but Arsenal and Manchester United are good sides and they have a good lead." [LNB]Blackpool have won just once in nine matches and are just two points above the relegation zone. [LNB]Manager Ian Holloway was unhappy with referee Mike Dean's decision to award a penalty in the 62nd minute for Ian Evatt's foul on Kalou. [LNB]"I've watched it again and he [Kalou] couldn't wait to go down, that is this level," said Holloway. [LNB]"The minute Ian Evatt even thought about going for it, Kalou couldn't wait and the referee couldn't wait to give it but he has actually played the ball eventually. [LNB]"It shows the quality they have got. We are a bit sore because we didn't feel we deserved that, we deserved to be less than two goals away from them. [LNB]"We needed something to give us a bit of belief, we needed the second goal in the game but unfortunately they got it."

Source: BBC_Sport