Carlo Ancelotti defends decision to stand by Chelsea captain John Terry

09 February 2010 01:31
Fabio Capello axed Terry as England captain on Friday, but Ancelotti is standing by his decision to stick with the defender.

Ancelotti said in an interview to Italian newspaper La Repubblica: "(Terry) has maintained the captaincy because it's not my role to monitor the private life of my players, unless this affects their performances.

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Ancelotti believes Terry's personal situation has not hindered Chelsea who travel to Goodison Park to face Everton tomorrow night.

"I guarantee that it has not affected the team in the least," Ancelotti said.

Terry, meanwhile, is fit to face Everton after suffering a dead leg in the 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Source: Telegraph