Ancelotti targets Chelsea glory

17 March 2011 07:33
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can end an indifferent season by winning the Champions League.The Blues drew 0-0 with Copenhagen to win 2-0 on aggregate and secure a place Friday's quarter-final draw. [LNB]"The team is strong enough to win it," said Ancelotti, whose side appear to be over a mid-season loss of form. [LNB]"If we play to 100%, we can make the final stages. I see my team fresh and we're in a good moment. But we can improve a lot." [LNB]Ancelotti has an almost fully fit squad at his disposal for the end of season run-in, with centre-back Alex set to return against Manchester City at the weekend and midfielder Yossi Benayoun close to a return. [LNB]That should help the Italian as he tries to steer the Blues to an elusive Champions League trophy and a late title charge, with the Stamford Bridge side nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United but with a game in hand.[LNB] Barcelona are the most dangerous team, but if we have to play against them, we will play Carlo Ancelotti And, even though a dominant Chelsea failed to score in the second leg against Copenhagen, Ancelotti was satisfied with his side's showing. [LNB]"I think the performance was good," he said. "We didn't want to take a risk for this game and prepared well. [LNB]"We had good defensive control of the game, we worked hard, and we had a lot of opportunities to score. [LNB]"We obviously need to be more precise in front of goal but these are little details. The general performance was good. [LNB]"Obviously we have to improve. We had so many chances to score and we'll have to score." [LNB]Fernando Torres has yet to score for Chelsea since his £50m move from Liverpool and started the Copenhagen game on the substitutes' bench - but Ancelotti said this was just to keep him fresh for Sunday's game with Manchester City and not because of any loss of faith. [LNB]"The only reason [he didn't start] is that we will have these players - [Michael] Essien, [Florent] Malouda and Torres - fresh for City. [LNB]"I'd already decided the selection to play against City. [LNB]"Sunday will be very important for us, for City - a very difficult game for both teams. We have to be ready to try to win." [LNB]Chelsea were beaten in the last 16 by Inter Milan in the Champions League last season but have made it to the semi-finals in five of the last seven campaigns. [LNB]They lost in the 2007 final on penalties to Manchester United. [LNB]They could be paired with United again when the quarter-finals draw is made on Friday. Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham are the other teams in the hat.[LNB] Chelsea has a great physique in the team. They can outpower Barcelona Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken When asked about possibly meeting English opponents, Ancelotti said: "No no, that doesn't matter. We are calm. We are quiet. The draw will decide which team we have to play." [LNB]On Barcelona, he added: "Now I don't want to say anything about this. [LNB]"Barcelona are the most dangerous team but if we have to play against them, we will play." [LNB]Barcelona are favourites to win the competition but Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken believes Chelsea have the qualities to beat the Spanish side. [LNB]"Barcelona is at this moment a little bit stronger," said Solbakken, whose side drew and lost to Barcelona in the group stages. [LNB]"But Chelsea has a great physique in the team. They can outpower Barcelona." [LNB]Copenhagen's main chance of the game against Chelsea came when a Dame N'Doye free-kick hit the post. [LNB]"The dream would have been if the free kick had gone in," said Solbakken. [LNB]"It could have changed the game pyschologically. But the better team won [over two legs]."

Source: BBC_Sport