Ancelotti not worried by City defeat

 

Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea have "nothing to worry about" despite the defeat at Manchester City. A 2-1 loss at Eastlands ended the Blues' five-match winning run and saw their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League cut to two points.

Carlos Tevez scored the second-half winner after Emmanuel Adebayor had found the net at either end before the break.

Frank Lampard had a late penalty saved by Shay Given and Didier Drogba failed to take a glorious chance at the death as City gained maximum reward for their best performance of the season.

But Ancelotti is not too concerned with his side still in pole position despite their third defeat of the campaign.

"We don't have any reason to be worried," he said. "We are doing well at the moment but today it was difficult because Manchester City played very well.

"But we are still top of the league and we have two more points than Manchester United so we do not need anything extra."

Ancelotti felt his side deserved something out of the game even though, for extended periods, they were pushed onto the back foot.

Chelsea were clearly unhappy at what they felt was a handball by Micah Richards immediately before Adebayor's equaliser.

"We were disappointed with the referee," Ancelotti said. "I am surprised because I consider Howard Webb to be a fantastic referee but we felt it was a handball by Richards.

"I did feel we deserved to draw, but we lost."

Ancelotti confirmed skipper John Terry - who limped off with a knee injury near the end and left Eastlands on crutches - will be fit for next weekend, although he will almost certainly miss Wednesday's Champions League tie with Apoel Nicosia.

The Italian was also satisfied with his side's discipline, even though they picked up six yellow cards, including one for a poor tackle by Juliano Belletti that led to Wayne Bridge being carried off with medial ligament damage that is expected to keep him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks.

"We did not lose control," stressed Ancelotti. "We had to go one against one at the back near the end and in that situation it is easy to pick up a yellow card.

"I didn't really see the tackle by Belletti on Bridge but he might have arrived a little late."

City boss Mark Hughes was unhappy with that incident at the time but said he would need to view it again to determine whether there was any malice involved.

However, it will not be allowed to sour a brilliant day, even if Hughes did admit he thought Lampard would convert his penalty.

"Sometimes things happen that you don't expect and I didn't expect Frank to miss," said Hughes.

"In fairness to him, I think he understood the importance of converting that chance, which brought extra pressure."

Beating Arsenal's second string to reach the Carling Cup semi-finals is one thing. Overcoming the might of a team Hughes feels are currently by far England's number one side is quite another.

"We had to show courage and bravery," he said. "When you are playing a team like Chelsea you need to believe in your own ability.

"Some sides give them too much respect, which just allows them to create opportunities and win games."

City now have seven points from their meetings with each of the 'big four' this season, having beaten Arsenal and drawing at Liverpool.

Even the defeat at Manchester United did not come until the sixth minute of stoppage time and Ancelotti is not alone in believing City will be a major force.

"They will do better in the future," he said. "They have a very good squad and some very good players.

"When you change a lot of players you need time to get the right people into the team.

"Their future is going to be better than their past. They are going to do well, although I don't know whether it will be this season."