Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1: Furious Carlo reads half-time riot act to turn tide

15 February 2010 01:03
The benefit of rarely blowing your top is that, when you do have a go, players take notice. Carlo Ancelotti prides himself on his cool, calm and collected character but, as John Mikel Obi revealed, upset the Italian and he can deliver a bilingual half-time rollicking every bit as effective as Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment.

Chelsea's players certainly needed the wake-up call against Cardiff, Dave Jones' side proving to be the equal of their illustrious Barclays Premier League opponents before the break.

Cue the Ancelotti riot act. 'When we went back into the dressing today the manager was crazy, so we went into the second half knowing what we had to do,' revealed Mikel.

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'He went mad at us. He shouted at us in English and Italian -everything. When he's mad he mixes everything up. We knew we could dobetter. But we came out in the second half and that's what we gavehim.'

After a further period of stubborn resistance form Cardiff, Chelseafinally started to do things right and emerged with a margin of victorythat their manger would have expected.

Struggling: Joe Cole was replace at half-time

Joe Cole was denied the chance to win over Ancelotti after adreadful first-half display that did nothing to strengthen his handwith regard to contract negotiations.

Another real danger for Cole is that Chelsea's fans are beginning toshow the same lack of patience with him as his manager, if therumblings of discontent around Stamford Bridge are anything to go by.

Whatever happenedto Joe Cole?Carlo Ancelotti remains unconvinced by Joe Cole's form since the England midfielder's return from a cruciate ligament injury at the end of September.

Cole has started nine times and been taken off in six of them. He has scored just once and managed three shots ontarget in his 15 appearances in total. Cole has played just 814 minutesin five months.

None of the usual tricks and flicks came off for Cole as heconsistently conceded possession before being hooked at the break forSalomon Kalou.

It was left to assistant Ray Wilkins to try and provide anexplanation for Cole's lack of form which has seen him denied theopportunity of a full 90 minutes in his last six games. Perhaps Colewas trying a little too hard?

'It could be the case, especially when he plays here,' concededWilkins. 'He is an entertainer and the supporters love to see him dohis stuff. For individualists like Joe in possession of the ball, it isa confidence thing.'

The writing looked on the wall when Didier Drogba pounced inside twominutes. But Michael Chopra's 34th minute headed equaliser for Cardiffwas fully deserved.

Six minutes after the restart, Michael Ballack nudged Chelsea ahead.Cardiff refused to fold and it took Daniel Sturridge's poacher'seffort, which preserved his record of scoring in every round, to makeChelsea's progression safe before Kalou hit their fourth.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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