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Carlo Ancelotti 'not satisfied' win Chelsea win
Published : 01 Oct 2009 08:04:01
The manager was furious after an error-strewn Champions League display against APOEL Nicosia even though Chelsea won the tie, courtesy of Nicolas Anelkas first-half goal. It followed on from the defeat last weekend to Wigan Athletic after which Ancelotti voiced his unhappiness - in Italian - to the squad. Ancelotti claimed he was not angry with the players but, its understood, he did voice his unhappiness within the confines of the dressing room. Publically the manager was more diplomatic. "I'm not satisfied", Ancelotti said after the victory over the Cypriot champions which leaves Chelsea top of Group D with two victories from two matches. "I wanted Chelsea to play better and to take more control, to play with courage. But I think that at this stage of the season it's normal. We have to change. They ran a lot, but we have to play better. "It wasn't a good performance. We started with good control, scored a goal, and we had opportunities to do quick counter-attacks after that, but we didn't do that. In the second half it was different. We tried to control the game with possession, but we made a lot of mistakes. Nicosia played very well in the second half and deserved to draw the game." Ancelotti paid tribute to Anelka who has stepped in to the void left by Didier Drogb'as three-match suspension. "Anelka is scoring at a good time, and that's important," he said. "He moved very well out there, not only in scoring but in front of our attack. This is good." John Terry, who had voiced his own unhappiness at the weekend, conceded that Chelsea must improve if they are to beat Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. "We have to be better", he said. "They are a very good side who had a tough result yesterday [a 2-0 defeat away to Fiorentina]. They will be up for it and they are a big club so we will have to respond again when we play them. Ideally you want to play well and win. We haven't been at our best tonight, but there were times when we passed it well and we came away with three points, so you can't ask for more. "It was important that we realised we went wrong at Wigan and that we responded well. You don't get much time to think about it with the games coming thick and fast, and we did a good job here. We responded well here." Chelsea will welcome back the trio of Michael Ballack, Drogba and Jose Bosingwa for the Liverpool visit while Petr Cech will be suspended following his sending off last Saturday.