Chelsea news

Ancelotti prioritises top four finish

January 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti admits qualifying for the Champions League and not winning the title is now his focus after slipping to fifth in Premier League.

Carlo Ancelotti
GettyImagesCarlo Ancelotti: Six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United

A poor run of form has seen the champions slip behind the top four - trailing leaders Manchester United, who have game in hand, by six points - and while Ancelotti is a long way from relinquishing the championship, he concedes a Champions League place is "the most important thing."

Ancelotti, who has long-term casualties Alex, Yossi Benayoun and Yuri Zhirkov still unavailable but no new injury problems ahead of Wednesday's trip to Wolves, said: "There are a lot of teams involved in the first positions. To stay in the first places of the table is important for the future.

"We have to think now we can win the title again, but the most important thing is to stay in the places to be in the Champions League. I am not worried. We have the skill and the ability to stay in the top four without a problem."

Chelsea have taken just two points from their last five away league games, but Ancelotti believes they will get back on track at Molineux. Ancelotti said: "We won't lose. We will win.

"We are improving and the team is very close to moving on from this moment. I have confidence that the team improves a little bit and instead of drawing games we can win in the last minute."

Ancelotti refused to divulge his transfer plans but revealed striker Daniel Sturridge would not be allowed out on loan.