Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti can't sleep as his nightmare continues at Stamford Bridge

06 December 2010 02:18
Carlo Ancelottiis nearly two stoneslighter than he waswhen he won theDouble and hascalled an end to his diet sohe can enjoy Christmas.

Buta t the moment , anyenjoyment seems unlikely.

Ancelotti admits he is notsleeping well and a 1-1 draw inSaturday's 'must-win' game athome to Everton extended awinless run to four BarclaysPremier League games as Chelseaslipped to third.

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Having taken only five points fromsix games, next comes a dauntingsequence of festive fixtures for thechampions, who suddenly appearbereft of confidence and gripped byfear in front of their ownsupporters.

Tottenham, Manchester United,Arsenal and Bolton are the nextfour opponents. Is Ancelotti's sleepdisturbed by the trigger-happyreputation of owner RomanAbramovich?

Luiz Felipe Scolari was sackedwhen Chelsea slipped to fourth inFebruary last year, when a home draw against Hull completed a runof eight points from six games.

They could be back there by thetime they play Tottenham onSunday and the last time the clubendured a run of Premier Leagueresults this bad it coincided withthe bullet for another popularItalian Gianluca Vialli.

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The omens are not good butAncelotti insisted: 'I'm not worriedabout that. That is not my decision,it's the decision of the club. I don'tfeel pressure over this.

'But we arenot playing well, or having goodresults and we are no longer top ofthe table. There are lots of reasons to worry.I don't sleep well. I am notrelaxed.'

Abramovich was not at StamfordBridge but the trends will not belost on him. Goals have dried up,clean sheets have disappeared and,against Everton, the tension wasclear.

At one point, Didier Drogbaturned to the crowd, waving hisarms in an attempt to rouse somevocal support and received anearful of abuse for his trouble.

Ancelotti's decision to replaceNicolas Anelka with Ramires andtry to defend a 1-0 lead was jeered, unlike the decision to haul off JoseBosingwa, who had suffered terriblyat the hands of Steven Pienaarand left back Leighton Baines.

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Bosingwa had just been beatenfor the second time in a matter ofminutes, when Ancelotti strode tothe touchline to demand he cut outa series of dangerous crosses fromthe Everton defender.

The Portugal full back took issue,argued back and was promptlyreplaced by Paulo Ferreira, whofared no better.

'I am not happy to see my teamplay like they did in the secondhalf,' fumed the Chelsea manager.

'I saw a team that was afraid,scared and unable to play our football.Unable to play easy passes. Itwas just long ball.

'I think we have to wake up. Wecan move on but what we are doingis not enough. We have to workharder.

'Usually when you have a difficultmoment you want to find who is toblame but we do not have to searchto find out who is guilty. We are allnot doing enough.'

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Bosingwa shook his manager'shand as he left the pitch. Ancelottiretains the support of his players.

He expressed his anger in publicbut his words in the dressing roomwere said to be stern yetmeasured.Even if he wants to get tough,Ancelotti cannot afford to alienateanyone in his dressing room.

His squad is so thin he has fewreliable options on the bench whenhe considers tactical changes tojolt his team from their rut.

John Terry and Michael Essienwere supposed to stop the rot onSaturday but, after weeks out, bothfaded as Everton chased theequaliser.

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Great emphasis is now placed onFrank Lampard's imminent returnbut he has not played since Augustand Drogba, who looks weary andin need of a break, will travel toMarseille tomorrow, desperate toplay in his first emotional return tothe club he left for Chelsea back in2004.

'He needs to play and getminutes in his legs after malaria,'said Ancelotti.

However, the manager will restsome players because nothing is atstake in the final ChampionsLeague group game, with the Bluesassured of qualifying in first placeand their hosts certain to gothrough in second.

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