Inter Milan v Chelsea: we can turn Champions League defeat around, says Carlo Ancelotti

25 February 2010 08:26
Chelsea grabbed a vital away goal as former manager Jose Mourinho and his Inter side came out on top, 2-1, in a pulsating first-leg at the San Siro.[LNB]Chelsea, whose defeat was compounded by the loss of goalkeeper Petr Cech with a calf injury in the second half, were a goal down inside three minutes when striker Diego Milito put Mourinho's side ahead. [LNB] Related ArticlesInter Milan 2 Chelsea 1Kalou: referee got penalty call wrongMourinho: I am lucky at Stamford BridgeChelsea blow as Petr Cech suffers calf injuryInter Milan v Chelsea: as it happenedChampions League actionSalomon Kalou equalised in the 51st minute but Inter restored their advantage four minutes later when Esteban Cambiasso drilled in the winner. [LNB]Kalou's goal may yet prove to be the pivotal moment of the tie when the two teams meet again in the return leg next month. [LNB]"I think that what we saw tonight, we have the chance to turn it around," said Ancelotti. [LNB]"I think we played well. We leave without a positive result, but it's not an ugly one either. [LNB]"We will play to attack and win the second leg in the same way we did in this game. [LNB]"We tried to attack and score from the first to the last minute." [LNB]Meanwhile, Cech will undergo further assessment on his injury today after leaving the field on a stretcher. [LNB]The Czech Republic international collected a cross, rolled the ball out and then immediately signalled to the bench that he could not continue. [LNB]But initial fears that he had damaged knee ligaments were quashed by Ancelotti after the game. [LNB]"We have to wait and control his condition over the next few days," said Ancelotti. [LNB]"He has an injury on his calf. We cannot say now when he will return to the squad."[LNB]Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty in first-half stoppage time when Kalou was brought down by Walter Saumel, but referee Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez waved appeals away. [LNB]However, Ancelotti refused to pin the blame on the ref. He said: "I know Mejuto Gonzalez is a very good referee with a lot of experience and I don't want to say anything else. [LNB]"We can say that we were unlucky this evening and we hope that will be better in the future. [LNB]"I think there was a penalty in the first half, but a penalty is only when the referee whistles."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph