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Team spirit rules the roost at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes the huddle at the end of the win over Fulham could prove to be a turning point for the season at Stamford Bridge.

Ancelotti's men came from a goal behind to win in their last game and turned half-time jeers into an end-of-year celebration, as Didier Drogba led a team meeting on the pitch at the end.

It was Drogba's final contribution before he travelled to Angola for the African Nations Cup, and his message was for the good work to continue while he is away. They may have only taken nine points from 18 in December, but Chelsea still sat top of the Premier League heading into the New Year.

"The huddle was an important moment for the team," Ancelotti said. "It's the first time that they have done this. I don't know what they spoke about in that meeting but it was a very good thing to have."

Next for Chelsea is the FA Cup clash against Watford tomorrow, with Ancelotti preparing to pick a strong team after being told how important the famous competition is.

"The first thing that the club said to me is that the FA Cup is not the Italian Cup," he said.

"The club want to win this competition, just like the Premier League or the Champions League. It's the same. We want to do the best."

Ancelotti will be hoping there is no repeat of the first half against Fulham.

Even though Chelsea fans have enjoyed success and are currently top of the table, Ancelotti insists they have the right to boo off their team if they are unhappy at their performance.

He said: "I think that when a team doesn't play well it's normal that they won't receive a clap but a whistle. It can be a good motivation, this.

"The fans want to come to Stamford Bridge to see their team play well. We didn't play good football in that first half. So it was normal, good and right to have been booed off."


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