Chelsea manager Ancelotti still not happy as the Blues stroll on in Cyprus
01 October 2009 07:39
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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti tore into his players after watching them escape with a lucky win against Champions League minnows APOEL Nicosia.
Nicolas Anelka scored the only goal of the game in Cyprus to give the Blues six points from the first two games of their European campaign.
But it did not stop Ancelotti unleashing a ferocious blast in the dressing room before going public with his discontent.
'I am not satisfied,' said Ancelotti, whose side at times looked vulnerable following Anelka's 18th-minute strike. 'I wanted Chelsea to play better and to take more control, to play with courage. We have to change.
'It was a good result but perhaps not a good performance. We started with good control, scored a goal and we had opportunities to make quick counter-attacks but we didn't do this.
'In the second half we tried to control the game with possession but we made a lot of mistakes. Nicosia played very well and deserved to draw.
'I have a lot of faith in this team and these players. I was a player for a lot of years myself and I know there are times when things don't go well.' Captain John Terry was pleased to bounce back after losing 3-1 at Wigan on Saturday.
'These are difficult places to come,' said Terry. 'Every team can have a go for 15 minutes and the manager stressed how important it was to stay solid and we did.
'It was important we realised where we went wrong at Wigan and we have responded very well. At times we passed the ball well.'