Ancelotti: I'm satisfied

Published Add your comment

Carlo Ancelotti reflected with satisfaction on his opening months at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea prepared to enter the new year as Barclays Premier League leaders.

The Blues edged west London neighbours Fulham 2-1 on Monday to restore their five-point lead at the top of the table. It was only their second victory of a torrid December spanning eight games and Ancelotti is pleased the month is over.

"Yes I'm satisfied. It was not a good December for us but that month is finished and now we look forward to January," he said. "We can do better and maintain our position at the top of the table."

It was a far from convincing performance against in-form Fulham, who opened the scoring when Zoltan Gera pounced after John Terry failed to clear.

Chelsea, who picked Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou for the last time before the African Nations Cup, enjoyed lots of possession but made little impression until the closing stages, when they struck twice in two minutes.

Drogba notched the first when he rose above Chris Baird to nod home a Branislav Ivanovic cross before Chris Smalling, making his full debut, was responsible for a cruel own goal.

Ancelotti was delighted by his players' response in adversity.

"This match didn't come at a good time for us," said the Italian. "We went behind and the most important thing is the reaction in the second half, which was fantastic.

"With this performance we finished a difficult period for the team.

"This could be an important victory in the season because I'm very happy with the reaction of the team during a bad spell."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again