Ancelotti warns against clear-out

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Carlo Ancelotti has warned it would be "dangerous" for Chelsea to make wholesale changes this summer, regardless of who is manager.

Ancelotti appears resigned to losing his job after overseeing what is set to be the Blues' worst season since Roman Abramovich bought the club. There are also rumours several players could be moved on but Ancelotti insists only minor tweaks were needed and claimed ripping up his blueprint would be a big mistake.

"To change a lot of players would be dangerous," he said. "The squad is really good. We had two new players in January who, next season, will be better."

He added: "So, to judge our season, you have to stay quiet and calm."


Ancelotti believes the way Barclays Premier League champions-elect Manchester United reacted to surrendering the title last season proves pressing the panic button is not the way forward.

"They finished second," he said. "They were calm, quiet, bought the right players. This year, they win."

The two players Ancelotti bought in January were Fernando Torres and David Luiz, who arrived in a record-breaking £75million double deal. Torres has so far proven a huge flop while Luiz enjoyed a sensational start to life at Stamford Bridge but his form has dipped alarmingly in recent weeks.

Ancelotti admitted it could have made all the difference had the champions managed to sign both of them last summer.

"We were not able to do this because the other clubs, Liverpool and Benfica, wanted to start the season with these players," he said.

"It's not always easy to play well immediately if you arrive in January."

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