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Ancelotti demands focus
Published : 02 Feb 2010 08:33:43Rss feed
As the private life of captain John Terry continues to make headlines, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has warned his team not to lose focus when they look to extend their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with victory at Hull on Tuesday night.
Terry, 29, has been in the media spotlight following revelations involving an alleged affair with the ex-girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, the England and former Blues defender who is now at Manchester City.
Ancelotti knows anything other than 100% concentration against the relegation-battling Tigers could prove fatal and said: "We have to stay focused against Hull because if we are not, we can have a problem. We have time after to think about the next game against Arsenal."
More details could yet emerge over the following days as Vanessa Perroncel, who is being represented by publicist Max Clifford, considers whether to tell her side of the story.
England skipper Terry has, though, already been given the full backing of Ancelotti and the club, who consider the matter a personal one.
Terry's ability on the pitch has, though, never been called into question.
The Blues skipper showed no signs of letting the saga impact on his game as he headed in the winning goal against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, even if his celebration was visibly subdued.
Chelsea head to the KC Stadium for Tuesday night's rearranged fixture seeking to extend their lead over Manchester United back up to four points after the champions beat third-placed Arsenal, who travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Ancelotti added: "Every game is difficult here, around the game there is a very good atmosphere and when you play away it is more difficult to win.
"Hull are very able on the long ball, on the head, and we have to pay attention to set-pieces, but we want to do our game."