Ancelotti stays defiant

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Carlo Ancelotti has refused to contemplate the prospect of Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle being his final home game at the helm.

Ancelotti appears set to be sacked at the end of the season after overseeing the worst campaign at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich's takeover.

The Blues boss could be forgiven for saying his goodbyes to Chelsea's supporters this weekend but he said: "I don't want to think about it being my last (home) game."

He added: "I am focused to put the best team out, to win, to say thanks to our fans.

"They gave us fantastic support and it's not been an easy season for them.

"It doesn't matter if it's the last or not. We have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season."

He added: "I don't know what is going to happen about my future, but I'm not nervous. I'm quiet. I'm calm.

"I hope to stay - I've said a lot of times - but if something has changed, I will find another solution without problem."

Despite Chelsea being on the brink of only their third trophyless season of the Abramovich era, Ancelotti appears to have retained the backing of the majority of the club's supporters.

He said: "For me, it's fantastic. To think they appreciate my job and are close to me, continue to say this, it's a good step and aim that I was able to reach in this year."

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