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Ancelotti denies job is on line

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insists he has the full support and trust of Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

The double-winners face title rivals Tottenham tomorrow in the midst of their worst run of results for more than a decade. The Blues have won just two games in their past eight in all competitions and have slipped to third in the Premier League.

The slide has sparked speculation over Ancelotti's future at Stamford Bridge, but the Italian coach believes he has the full support of the owner.

"He understands the problems," said Ancelotti. "The injuries we have had and that we played good football but didn't win, which affected our confidence. He understood that.

"When I say I have total support, it means he's close to me at this moment. For this reason, our relationship is good.

"It's important to have the support of the club and the players when moments are not good. You have to have trust with each other. I have trust in him and he has trust in me."


Chelsea are facing three games that could define their season: Spurs tomorrow then Manchester United at home before Arsenal at the Emirates to complete a tough festive schedule.

Ancelotti insists they will have a clearer picture of their title ambitions after that.

"It will be important for us, the next games," said Ancelotti. "It will show if we are able to fight for the title.

"I'll try and take nine points. That's our aim. It's difficult to say a reasonable target. I'm not able to do this.

"We have to try to win against Tottenham and then try to prepare (for) the game against United.

"At this moment, the experience, character and personality are the most important qualities to help us.

"Everyone can do more to help the team move on, not just the most important players.

"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.

"But now's not the time to think about this. We have to play with these players against Tottenham."