Ancelotti not out of woods just yet despite huge win

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

CHELSEA helped alleviate some of the pressure from a beleaguered Carlo Ancelotti with a stirring performance at Stamford Bridge to beat Manchester United last night.

David Luiz and Frank Lampard produced the goals to give the Blues a bit of a fillip, but nothing more as the defending Barclays Premier League champions lie twelve points behind United in the title race, albeit with a game in hand.

Although the Blues had given up on any faint hopes of retaining the title, Ancelotti made a timely point to his detractors that he is not on his way out anytime soon.

The Italian has been in the wars recently, metaphorically speaking, and Ashley ‘Rifle shooting’ Cole exacerbated what has been a turbulent season for the Blues when he accidentally shot a work experience student at Cobham.

Varying sections of the media rounded on Ancelotti for not disciplining his players and rumours swirled around that he ‘lost the dressing room’, with fears that an exodus of players would head for the exit door in the summer.

But his side showed some glimpses of returning somewhere near to their best after a winter of discontent.

The forces that may be or more specifically the power-wielding Russian, Roman Abramovich, will ultimately decide on whether Ancelotti gets a chance of redemption next season, but for now there may be some light at the end of a dark tunnel for Chelsea.

If only Ancelotti could get Fernando Torres to reproduce the goals that he plundered at Liverpool, then Chelsea might not be scrapping it out for a final Champions League place.

What the result served to highlight, is that it planted a seed of doubt with regards to United’s title charge.

United had a wretched record at the Bridge prior to the game, as Chelsea were undefeated in their last eight meetings, but after taking the lead, many thought United would see this out.

A large part of United’s misfortune and Chelsea’s good fortune owed to the inept refereeing by the much-maligned Martin Atkinson, who Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he ‘feared the worst’ when he knew that he would be taking charge of this big game.

Luiz was lucky to be on the pitch after clattering into Wayne Rooney, and the penalty conceded by United was very soft.

Nevertheless, United left the back door open and Chelsea punished them. United’s run of fixtures make for interesting reading, as they look to bounce back against a resurgent Liverpool on Sunday before an FA Cup tie against Arsenal next weekend before welcoming Marseille in the second leg of their Champions League tie the following week.

Ferguson said 82 points might be enough to become champions, but with Arsenal clearly in their wing mirror, ideally United can’t afford to drop anymore points this season.

Though March is a massive month, the first couple of weeks of May will certainly decide the destination of the title as United clash once again with Chelsea and Arsenal.

Ancelotti on the other hand may have bought some time, but anything less than a fourth placed finish will certainly mean curtains for him.

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  • Darren

    I think United will struggle on Sunday, I wouldn’t be surprised if Liverpool turned them over.

    There and again, with Arsenal’s injury crisis now in full swing I think we’ll struggle too.

    The whole spine of our team is missing once again
    Vermarlen (will he ever play again?)

    No other team seems to suffer from this every season.

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