Carlo Ancelotti won't walk away from Chelsea this summer, despite another bruising Champions League exit, according to former favourite Gianfranco Zola.
Speculation over the Italian's future as Chelsea boss intensified after Manchester United knocked the Blues out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
But Zola said: 'I know Carlo and his background. He's afighter, he never gives up as a person or a manager. He's a manager whohas done very well for Chelsea and I'm sure he will be thinking how he can come back stronger.
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'I don't know which players he thinks can stay with the club . All the Chelsea players deserve respect for what they have done. They have done so much for the club whatever the current problems. Some players will leave the club and Ancelotti will know exactly what to do.'
Much of the talk after the clash at Old Trafford has been the inclusion of ?50million signing Fernando Torres in the team, despite him not finding the net since joining from Liverpool in January. Didier Drogba came off the bench to replace him at half-time, and scored Chelsea's only goal of the tie.
Zola told talkSPORT: 'It's very difficult when you have two big strikers like they have. He decided to go for Fernando and I can understand why he did so. It didn't work too well at the start but in the second-half it was better.
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'No matter what decision he makes it is the wrong one for some people. You have to do what you think is best for the team and believe in it. I'm pretty much sure Fernando will be am important player for Chelsea, he's been bought not just for now but the future.'
The Blues were hoping for revenge against United after their heartbreaking defeat in the 2008 European Cup final in Moscow, but Sir Alex Ferguson's men saw off the Londoners to book their place in the semi-finals.
And Zola admitted: 'It was very painful for me.The difference between the two sides was Ryan Giggs and unfortunately he was playing for United. We went out against a great team with a great manager.'
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