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Sunday 17 December 2017

Manager losing sleep over dozy stars

Jason Burt

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he has been having trouble sleeping during Chelsea's disappointing run of results which seen them drop to third in the Premier League table.

At the same time the Chelsea manager declared that it was time for his players to "wake up" as he expressed his anger after the draw at home to Everton.

"We have to change our ideas," he said. "We are working to play a kind of football that is totally different to the way we played in the second half. We have to ask why this happened.

"I saw a team that was afraid, scared and unable to play our football, unable to play easy passes. It was just long-ball. This is not our aim, I think we have to wake up. We have to wake up from this moment. We can move on but what we are doing is not enough."

Asked whether he was concerned over his future, Ancelotti said: "It's not my decision. I'm not worried about it. We are not playing well or having good results, so there are lots of reasons to worry about that."

Ancelotti said he expected Didier Drogba to play in Wednesday's Champions League match away to Marseille but would decide today whether to risk John Terry.

Everton manager David Moyes vented his annoyance over the behaviour of some Chelsea players -- principally Drogba -- for "rolling out" hoping to get the opposition cautioned.

"These players have got to take responsibility," he said. "I thought they got Phil Neville booked and it wasn't required," he said.

He contrasted that with an incident involving Neville and Florent Malouda.

"He (Neville) got up and did what you would hope most people would do. But there were one or two (Chelsea players) who went down very easily after that and got him booked.

"It's not a level playing field, no, but that's why you're asking the referees to do it correctly." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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