Ancelotti wants focused Blues

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Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insists they are top of the Barclays Premier League on merit even if they have yet to face any of their title rivals so far this season.

Chelsea have scored 17 goals in the league this term and conceded just once in victories over West Brom, Wigan, Stoke, and West Ham and they face newly promoted Blackpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with fans expecting another goal feast.

Chelsea's first real test will come away at Manchester City at the end of this month but Ancelotti maintains his team are ready for anyone, and said: "It's an important moment now. We have a lot of games and we don't have time to train properly, but we are ready to play against a strong team."

He added: "We have more knowledge and for that reason, we are doing well. There's no fear, now, which is good. The players are all involved in the team and there's a good atmosphere. If we can maintain this atmosphere, I think we can have success this year.

"To think about the game against City is too far away. Blackpool are a good team and have won two away games, at Newcastle and Wigan, and are showing good skills in the Premier League.

"We have to pay attention. They are no easy games. Our moment is nice. It's good now, but we want it to continue.

"We have fantastic ability up front. We have to put a kind of football on the pitch to showcase this quality. Balance is important in football.

"If you have players with skill and ability, you can show this balance. You have to find that balance and be able to attack and defend."

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