Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti knows what to expect at Sunderland
18 August 2009 10:07
The Italian had previously maintained that the deal to take him to London was only concluded at the end of last season yet he admitted during pre-season that he had been taking English lessons for the past six months.
And now the former AC Milan coach has confessed that he has watched tonight's opponents Sunderland back home on TV and as such his first away match in the Premier League will not be the step in to the unknown that if might otherwise have been, report the Star.
Ribery: door is 'truly shut' on move'It's not new to me because in Italy I have seen Hull and Sunderland on the television," he said.
'We will go to Sunderland and I'm sure we will again show the right mentality to play.
'It will be difficult but we want to win.'
Ancelotti whose side were made to work for a narrow 2-1 opening day victory over Hull will once again employ his favoured diamond formation in midfield at the Stadium of Light.
Michael Ballack came off the bench on Saturday and looks likely to start in the north east, playing right to Florent Malouda's left, with Michael Essien at the base and Frank Lampard more advanced.
The German is unconcerned about having to adapt to a new system, saying: 'You can play any system with good players."