Ancelotti: England set example

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti takes his table-topping side to Stoke on Saturday full of praise for the English game.

The former AC Milan coach even goes so far as to suggest that the Italian game can learn from the Barclays Premier League, particularly when it comes to tackling fan violence and racism.

Ancelotti, who has guided the Blues to four straight wins, said: "People go to the stadium to see a spectacle. In Italy unfortunately it isn't like that."

He added: "People there don't have this sense for spectacle. In Italy we still have violence, so I hope that in Italy it will change soon, and that people go to the stadium to see an exciting match, like in England, and to support their team - not using violence and racist taunts towards the players.

"It is something nice and interesting to see here [in England].

"I like it because all the stadiums are full and work very well. It's a very positive experience."

Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba claims his unselfish attitude in creating chances for other players does not get the credit it deserves.

The Ivory Coast international believes his work off the ball goes unnoticed at times and insists it is this work ethic, which is shared throughout the Chelsea camp, which will help the Blues to the Premier League title this term.

"I often sacrifice myself for the good of the team," Drogba said. "I don't look at my scoring statistics. Have you ever seen any other great striker do as much defending as I do?

"We are very confident, and relaxed as well. Our team is solid and physically very strong."

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