Ancelotti Says He's Lucky To Escape Sack

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he is lucky still to be manager at Chelsea, having watched his side take just 10 points from their last 10 Premier League matches. The club now sit fifth in the table ahead of their trip to bottom-placed Wolves tonight. "I am a lucky man. I understand that a lot of coaches are sacked with results like these," said the Italian, who knows he cannot afford to lose more ground on leaders Manchester United if he is to retain the title.

Former Chelsea bosses Luiz Felipe Scolari and Avram Grant would probably agree. But despite Wolves’ lowly position, the Midlands is not the ideal place for Ancelotti to go looking for his first away win in the League since October. It was at Birmingham two months ago where he believes much of the damage to his side’s confidence was done. Despite dominating, they lost 1-0 there, and the 51-year-old thinks his squad are still recovering. "Sunderland (against whom they lost 3-0 at home) was an important game but the main one for losing confidence was Birmingham. We played one of our best matches and lost," claimed Ancelotti.

That kicked off a horrendous run which now has many observers questioning whether the champions will even finish in the top four. But Ancelotti urged everyone to judge him at the end of the season. "When you go to a restaurant, you have to pay the bill when finish your meal. It’s the same here. We have to pay the bill at the end of the season. At the end the club can judge me. The best food would be the Champions League. I’ve tasted it sometimes and it’s good," he said.

Chelsea’s late lapses are also giving Ancelotti food for thought, "Against Everton we conceded in the 86th minute. We missed a penalty at Tottenham and conceded in the last minute against Aston Villa. We have lost six points in the last minute and with those six points we’d be top of table." But Chelsea are not top and there have been suggestions that the lapses came because they have one of the League’s smallest squads.

Although Ancelotti is adamant they can win the title without bringing in new faces this month, the search is on for a couple of players, most notably a central defender. "When the Champions League comes back, we need to have a squad without injuries. If the club does buy, it will not be just for this year. We are looking for young players but ones with experience who don’t need time to adapt," said Ancelotti.

One man who would adapt fast and knows all about winning titles is David Beckham, but Ancelotti insisted, "Beckham is a fantastic player and could be good for Tottenham, but we’re not interested. In that position we have good players." With John Mikel Obi and Yossi Benayoun injured, you could forgive Ancelotti if he was tempted to bid for Beckham, but he looks more likely to use his existing creative players, including Daniel Sturridge. "The young players are in the squad because we trust them. Sturridge has quality," he said.

But the Chelsea boss will face further speculation should his team lose at Wolves. "We will not lose. We will win," claimed the confident Ancelotti. Perhaps that is the sort of confidence you can afford with luck on your side.

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