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Ancelotti: Chelsea player lacked respect

November 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

Carlo Ancelotti has told The Times that there was a player he "tried to kill" during his time at Chelsea.

Carlo Ancelotti
GettyImagesAncelotti left Chelsea in 2011.

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Ancelotti, who is currently head coach at Real Madrid, spent two years in charge of Chelsea before leaving the club in 2011.

The Italian led the Blues to a Premier League and FA Cup double during the 2009-10 season, but was sacked on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign after being unable to replicate that success.

Ancelotti has revealed his anger at a particular member of the squad during his Chelsea tenure -- although The Times states "the player cannot be identified" but "will come as little surprise given his other well-documented misdemeanours."

“The success of a manager is down to his relationship with players,” Ancelotti told The Times. “That doesn’t mean to say you always say ‘yes, yes, yes’.

"There is discipline, there are rules, but you have to be a little bit elastic. Sometimes we were not elastic at Chelsea. One time [Didier] Drogba arrived 30 minutes late for a game, so he didn’t play, but the key is mutual respect.

“We’ve never had any problems with the players, just one time at Chelsea. One player didn’t show respect and I tried to kill him, but it wasn’t possible. The player is the property of the club, and sometimes you cannot do what you want.”

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