Carlo Ancelotti casts doubt on Chelsea's title chances

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Carlo Ancelotti only spent a couple of seasons in the Premier League in charge of Chelsea but he still keeps up with the action in England's top flight.

Now at Bayern Munich, Ancelotti can boast managing some of the most illustrious clubs in the world during his 21 years as a coach but the Blues still hold a special place in the Italian's heart.

Chelsea won the Premier League and the FA Cup under the watchful eye of Ancelotti in 2010 and despite finishing second in the league in the following season, Roman Abramovich gave him the elbow.

Nevertheless, in an interview with the Daily Mail, the 57-year-old admitted he has kept a close eye on his old club.

He also has a connection with the Blues' current boss Antonio Conte, who was his captain at Juventus, and Ancelotti believes his old apprentice has all attributes to succeed.

"He was so professional and I think he is the same as a manager. I don't know him really well as a manager but I know his character and his personality and he is really focused on his job and I'm sure in the end he's going to do a good job at Chelsea," Ancelotti said.

So you would expect Chelsea's ex-boss to rate their chances of winning the league pretty highly after reading that right?

But surprisingly, the Italian doesn't reckon they will challenge for domestic honours this year and admits Conte may struggle to keep his job as a result.

Ancelotti added: "I think it depends what is the goal of the club.

"If the goal of the club is to win the Premier League, it will be difficult.

"But if the goal of the club is to build a new group, to build a new idea of football, to build a new strategy, I think that Conte has a lot of opportunity to do well at this club."

Abramovich is certainly not one to look too far into the future and as Ancelotti knows first-hand, short-term success is the priority at Stamford Bridge.

Therefore, the pressure will be on Conte straight away if his old manager's prediction comes true.

"Every manager needs time," he continued. "But I don't think we have a lot of time."

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