Carlo Ancelotti does not believe the media spotlight on John Terry will have any bearing on Chelsea's title bid.
Terry was on duty on Tuesday night for the second time since a series of allegations into his private life broke, and captained the Blues to a disappointing 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Hull.
"Nothing can disturb our concentration in this competition," said Ancelotti, whose side nudged their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to two points at the KC Stadium. "I think that Chelsea are focused for every game."
He added: "Sometimes we play good football and sometimes we have more difficulty but the concentration is always on top.
"The atmosphere in the team is the same. No change."
When asked whether Terry would be granted a leave of absence when Chelsea meet Cardiff in the FA Cup on February 13, the Italian answered: "If he needs a holiday I will give him a holiday. If he doesn't need a holiday then he will play against Cardiff. You will see the line-up then.
"It is an issue for me and John Terry; it is not your problem, I think.
"For him nothing has changed. He has played a very good game and every game he is leading very well. He is doing his best every game."
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