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Ancelotti wants rampant Chelsea
Published : 07 Dec 2010 21:00:31
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has demanded that his side turn on the style against Marseille in their final Champions League Group F game on Wednesday night.
Chelsea, suffering a mid-season slump that has seen them win just one game out of the last six in the Barclays Premier League, have been ordered to return to the free-flowing football that excited everyone when the new campaign began.
"We are trying to search the right way to move on quickly from this moment and we have a possibility to do this on Wednesday," said Ancelotti.
"The result of the game is not important but the performance is very important. We want to put out the best line-up possible because we consider the game important for our confidence and to come back and play our football.
"We have to come back quickly to play our football. I spoke with my players. It is not the right place to explain what I said to them. it was private and confidential. The reaction has to be good.
"When I say strong team, it doesn't mean there are no young players in the team. Maybe some of them will be involved. We give a lot of importance to this game for the reason that we need to come back to play our football."
Meanwhile, Didier Drogba will make an emotional return to the Stade Velodrome and admits that finishing his career at the club remains a very tempting prospect.
Drogba, now 32, spent just a year at Marseille, scoring 18 Ligue One goals, plus another 11 in Europe in 2003/04 after arriving from Guingamp. His goal record made him a cult hero among the Marseille fans and the Chelsea ace has often spoken of finishing his career back at Stade Velodrome.
"I am glad to be here and see some familiar faces," said Drogba. "I know that everything will be good. All I can say is that I have been at Chelsea for six years now and I am happy there.
"My family is also happy there. Of course Marseille is tempting. But there are so many parameters that come into play. I can see myself ending my career at Chelsea."