Carlo Counts Himself “Lucky”
Chelsea’s under-fire Italian supremo Carlo Ancelotti was forced to concede that his Blues side will find it “very difficult” to retain their EPL title after last week’s shock defeat to the then bottom club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ancelotti, who also publicly admitted that he is still “lucky” to be in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, refused to be carried away by Chelsea’s emphatic 7-0 FA Cup third round win over Championship strugglers Ipswich.
And there were reports in the British media earlier this week suggesting that he faces crunch talks with trigger-happy club owner Roman Abramovich before the Blues host Blackburn in the EPL this Saturday.
Meanwhile, midfield talisman Frank Lampard has said that he believes he will never fully recover from the set of injuries which have so hampered his and, as a result, Chelsea’s season.
And the Blues are reportedly making transfer window moves to shore up their recently brittle defence.
After the Ipswich game, Ancelotti insisted: “We have to play more games to say the bad moment has gone. We did a lot of things well but we don’t have to be excited.”
Last week, Ancelotti admitted “it is very difficult to win the league. We had a lot of injuries and we have lost confidence. But we have to work hard and move on.
“It’s difficult to explain. There is not one reason.”
Lampard was out for four months with a hernia and groin injury. And he said: “It was a bad injury and still feel it occasionally. I’ve got to try and keep it strong because I’ve got a weakness there.
“My tendon came off the bone and it doesn’t go back. I’ve spoken to players who’ve had it and they know the frustrations and the aftermath and what you have to do.”
Chelsea have been linked with Uruguayan World Cup centre-back Diego Godin, having previously been reportedly interested in fellow central defenders Benfica’s David Luiz and Bolton’s Gary Cahill.
The £15m-rated Godin plys his trade in La Liga with Europa League holders Athletico Madrid.
The Blues also plan to make changes at right-back. Current incumbent, Portuguese defender Jose Bosingwa is reportedly up for sale as Chelsea pursue their interest in £18m-valued Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel.
The club have also expressed an interest in Racing Genk’s 19-year-old Belgian striker Kevin de Bruyne, although they are reportedly not prepared to meet the Belgian club’s £10m valuation.
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