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Chelsea hopes of landing Carlo Ancelotti increase as AC Milan coach improves English
Published : 23 Apr 2009 09:42:14
Ancelotti has been consistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich known to be a keen admirer of the Italian. And should Abramovich fail to persuade current interim coach Guus Hiddink to stay, it is thought Ancelotti will accept the challenge of coaching in the Premier League. Related ArticlesChelsea lose ground in title racePapers: Tevez looks to leave and United target DodoPremier League actionChelsea lure Carlo Ancelotti with £50m war chestChelsea target Carlo Ancelotti pledges future to AC MilanChelsea chairman insists Jose Mourinho?s time has passedThere had been concerns that Ancelotti's lack of English would be an obstacle, but Beckham's claims that the 49-year-old has been taking lessons for the past 10 months have alleviated any such fears. Beckham, currently on loan at Milan from LA Galaxy, said: "When I arrived at Milan, Ancelotti was already studying English. Every time I try to fix his English he insists on making errors and we end up laughing. I can't tell you anything about Chelsea, though." Last night Chelsea could only draw 0-0 with Everton, with Hiddink admitting their hopes of wrestling the Premier League title away from Manchester United have all but gone. The Dutchman said: "Mathematically there may still be a chance, but we have to be realistic. "We said before the match that the two teams chasing Manchester United must not waste any more points if we were to stay in the race. "But the fact is we have lost two points here and now must focus on the other two roads in the Champions League and FA Cup. "There was always more pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea than on United because of their game in hand. "All the players are disappointed after this result and we now have to ficus on next week's very difficult Champions League game in Barcelona. "I will analyse this game and see how many of our players are in the overload zone. It is possible a few might now get a rest and play less in gthe league."