Ancelotti targets landmark celebration

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of his 100th game for the Blues in tonight’s all-important Champions League quarter final, first-leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian boss has enjoyed relevant success over Manchester United in his managerial career not only for Chelsea, but also in his previous post with AC Milan as well.

And the charismatic chief is hoping his luck will not desert him tonight as he bids to make this landmark game one to remember for everyone associated with Chelsea football club.

But Ancelotti is realistic enough to realise that past encounters will count for nothing in tonight's pressure cooker clash.

"It doesn't matter if I have a good record in the past with Manchester United," he said.


"I want to be focused on the next game; tomorrow will be a different history. We know we must play against a fantastic team but we have confidence to do our best.

"It will be different because we have to play 180 minutes. Obviously we want to start well tomorrow but we have to know that everything will be decided at Old Trafford."

The encounter comes just five weeks after the two teams last met in the Barclays Premier League, with Chelsea emerging victorious in a tightly contested 2-1 win, when David Luiz opened his Blues account before Frank Lampard converted the winner from the penalty spot.

Chelsea have given up hope of the domestic title this campaign, but owner Roman Abramovich is keen to land the Champions League – the one trophy that has eluded the Blues since the Russian billionaire took over in 2003, and it has become a major motivation for Chelsea's stars.

"It is a fantastic competition and I said to my players that we have to be happy, every player and manager in the world wants to be involved in this kind of game," said Ancelotti.

"We are focused, concentrated and we want to move on. If we believe we can play better than Manchester United then we can win."

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