Chelsea set for buying blitz as Carlo Ancelotti and Roman Abramovich make up

11 December 2010 05:25
Far from trying to make light of the crisis at Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti faced it head on.

He used words like 'destiny'; spoke of the next three games as a do or 'die' situation, only then to say that he trusted Roman Abramovich not to do anything rash. Well, not with regard to him anyway.

On the contrary. Chelsea's manager revealed that defeat in Marseilles on Wednesday - his side's fourth in eight games during which they have surrendered a commanding lead in the Barclays Premier League - had been followed by a full and frank discussion with his employer.

Happy again: Carlo Ancelotti has resolved his differences with owner Roman Abramovich

Abramovich not only pledged his support but said the Italian would have money to spend - and plenty of money, Sportsmail understands - during the January transfer window.

After destabilising the camp by sacking Ray Wilkins against Ancelotti's wishes, it was something Abramovich needed to say. Immediately after Wednesday's match Ancelotti appeared crestfallen, depressed even.

On Friday, though recognising the seriousness of Chelsea's predicament, his mood was much more upbeat.

'Now's not the time to think about the transfer window because we have to play with these players against Tottenham on Sunday,' he said.

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'But if we need to improve our squad in January, we'll be able to do this. The owner is available for us to do this.

'I don't fear for my job. I feel I have the total support of my players, which is very important, and I feel I have the total support from my club. I spoke with Roman after the game and he gave me total support. He understood the problem of the team. He's doing his best to give every one of us, my players and my staff, his total support.

'He understands very well the problems: the injuries, and that we played good football but didn't win, which affected our confidence.'

Asked if he still trusted the Russian billionaire, Ancelotti replied: 'Yes. You have to have trust with each other and he's been closer to us compared to the other moments. He's very close to me at the moment and for this reason our relationship is very good. I think I have trust in him and he has trust in me.'

If the Italian is right, it means Abramovich trusts him to cure his side of their malaise and rediscover their early-season form for what promise to be three particularly difficult games.

Being as candid as he is , Ancelotti said he could not guarantee three top displays against Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal . But he hopes for them.

'Our destiny passes through these games,' he said.

'It is for this reason that we mustn't lose focus by looking at January. If we need to do something then, we will.

'But we have three big matches to prepare for and, when I say destiny, I mean for the title. It will be very important for us, the next games. It will show if we are able to fight for the title this year. My destiny is the same as the destiny for my players. When you have been through a period like this, you either die or improve. We need to improve.

'I don't think it's a question of appetite. The players have appetite. Everyone knows it's not a good moment and we're not happy. We were very happy when we won the Double last season. The team are unhappy, but they are focused and working hard to move on. We have skill, ability, personality. We can move on and stay in the fight for the title.

Hard task: Ancelotti concedes beating Tottenham and ending Chelsea's recent poor run of form won't be easy

'We use the game against Tottenham to move on. I don't know if that's possible because they're a strong team, but we'll do our best. Everyone thinks Chelsea aren't good enough to fight for the title because our last month was not good. But I think we'll be in competition also this year.'

He said he would accept 'three draws' but you could tell from his wry smile that he was just messing. Ancelotti has concerns for Sunday's game at Spurs. An injury to Jose Bosingwa leaves Chelsea vulnerable to Gareth Bale. Ancelotti said Paulo Ferreira would play at right back with support from midfield.

He also confirmed Frank Lampard had recovered from his long-term groin problem and was flying in training.

But he is resisting the temptation to deploy Lampard in midfield this weekend, preferring to give him a practice match next week before unleashing him against United at Old Trafford on December 19.

It means Ancelotti is limited to making changes in the way his side prepare for a game in the hope it will break this losing habit. Would he follow Sam Allardyce's infamous example and send his players motorised toilet seat racing or would he opt for something a little more sophisticated?

Together: Ancelotti is confident his players can overcome their current difficulties

'Maybe walking on hot coals is an idea,' he said. 'In Italy they would lock you in a hotel for four, five or six days. That happened to me a few times but it didn't really work and I remember being really upset. To be without your families and friends was not easy.

'We are changing some drills to avoid the same old routine in training, but to break everything isn't the right way.'

Ancelotti insisted he knew what he was doing after similar situations at AC Milan.

'I have experience of this, and in 2003, after a difficult spell, we won the Champions League.'

Do that this season and Abramovich will be happy.

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