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Ancelotti pus faith in No. 3

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Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti remains confident rookie goalkeeper Ross Turnbull will not let the Blues down as they prepare to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to Inter Milan in the Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge.

Turnbull, who made his league debut for the club in Saturday's 4-1 demolition of West Ham, is set to play only the second Champions League game of his career against Jose Mourinho's side.

"It's not possible for Cech or Hilario to recover, so Turnbull will play and Rhys Taylor will stay on the bench like on Saturday," confirmed Ancelotti. "Turnbull is a confident lad and we have confidence in him."

He added: "Turnbull is a good goalkeeper who has played very well this season and improved every day.

"Cech has more experience than Turnbull for sure, but Ross is young and has enthusiasm to play. He wants to play and, for him, this will be a great, great experience."

Meanwhile, ahead of Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge, in-form Chelsea winger Florent Malouda insists the Portuguese's successful managerial tenure at the club is now history as far as the players are concerned.

The France winger, who made two and scored one in the win over West Ham, declared: "We are not thinking about the history. We're trying to make history.

"What happened in the past, I would say, we don't care. We're just looking to win and go through tomorrow evening. I hope it will be a great result for Chelsea and for the manager.

"I would say that it's more important for the fans than for us. We, as players for Chelsea, just want to beat Inter. As he's the Inter coach, we want to beat him too. That's the main thing.

"It'll be an emotional game for him but, as for us, you could see in the first game it was not disturbing for the players he signed here for Chelsea. I just hope that Carlo will help me win my first Champions League."

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