Tuesday 20 February 2018

Chelsea must stop taking foot off pedal -- Ancelotti

Paul Hirst

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned his players that they will have to stop taking their foot off the accelerator during games if they are to retain their Premier League crown.

Chelsea have established a five-point gap at the top of the table yet their manager, who clinched the title last season in his first year in charge, has voiced his concerns that his team are not performing to their potential.

The Londoners had to rely on a late goal from Salomon Kalou to seal a 2-0 victory over Wolves last week and have been guilty of easing off on their opponents at times this season -- most notably against Stoke and Blackpool.

"We have started the season well but I think we can play better because we played very well in some parts of some games but not continuously," the Italian said.

"We have to play 90 minutes how we want to play. We have to improve our play and our intensity. We can't just play for 45 minutes like we did against Wolves. We want to play well for the whole of the match and we haven't been able to do that so far this season."

Ancelotti takes his team to Blackburn today knowing that they have under-performed in their last two league matches away from home.

"In the last two games away we didn't score against Man City and against Aston Villa," he said.

"We had a good away game in the Champions League at Spartak Moscow but it is strange for us not to score away in two consecutive games in the Premier League.

"We had a fantastic performance when we won at Wigan 6-0 but we have to be better away.

"Man City, Man United and Arsenal are interested in our results and they would like us to lose some points. For this reason it will be an important game."

Irish Independent

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