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Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea are back (despite Drogba's penalty miss against Spurs)

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13 Dec 2010 10:55:45

Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea are back (despite Drogba's penalty miss against Spurs)

Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea are back and will beat Manchester United next Sunday despite Didier Drogba's added-time penalty miss at Tottenham. Drogba was upset to start on the bench but came on at half-time to equalise Roman Pavlyuchenko's goal, then saw his late spot-kick saved by Heurelho Gomes.  Last grasp: Didier Drogba misses his injury-time spot-kick The Ivory Coast striker threw a mini-strop when the manager asked him to warm up at half-time, then refused to celebrate his goal with fans. Chelsea have not won in five Barclays Premier League games and have taken only six points from seven games but their manager claims Sunday's fightback was a key step. 'We deserved to win,' said Ancelotti. 'We were close to winning and we will win the next game. This performance was good. We started well. When we were down we didn't lose control. We tried to do everything to win. We didn't, but we are going the right way and the difficult moment is behind us.' I'm back: Frank Lampard makes his return Their next games are against United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and at Arsenal. Captain John Terry said: 'We're back to normal. We had the hunger, spirit and determination. That's what we want from a Chelsea side. 'You can lose or draw but when you don't see the passion, that's what hurts and we all admit that's been lacking. Hopefully it's back. I never doubted my players, the manager or the football club.' Emotions ran high. Terry confronted Spurs fans at the end, staring them out as they hurled abuse at him, then spitting provocatively on the turf in their direction. Drogba's goal was a bad mistake by Gomes, although Harry Redknapp claimed there was a handball in the build-up. The Spurs keeper then conceded the penalty by fouling Ramires. Frank Lampard, Chelsea's No 1 penalty taker, made his first appearance in three months as a substitute, but said he was not ready to take a penalty. 'I thought Frank would take it,' said Redknapp, Lampard's uncle. 'I was pleased he didn't. I still thought Drogba would score but Frank would've definitely scored.' One point separates the top four, with Spurs four points behind in fifth. 'It's tightened up a lot,' said Redknapp. 'Maybe the top teams are not as good as they were.'  Spurs 1 Chelsea 1: Drogba only half punishes Gomes gaffesTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC


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