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ESPNsoccernet: November 22, 4:29 PM UK
Ancelotti won't panic despite defeat

ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will not press the panic button despite successive defeats against Sunderland and Birmingham that has allowed the chasing pack to catch the Premier League leaders.

A 1-0 loss at St Andrews on Saturday saw Chelsea suffer back to back league defeats for the first time since May 2006 and with injuries mounting within the squad Ancelotti knows the pressure is on.

But the Italian is adamant there will be no cause for alarm if Chelsea repeat the performance shown at Birmingham when they were frustrated by inspired City keeper Ben Foster.

Ancelotti said: "We got a positive reaction after the Sunderland game. We played good football, we played for 90 minutes with good spirit and with a good attitude. I don't have to say anything to my players. We were disappointed with the result at Birmingham because we deserved to win.

"But we have to stay confident and look forward to the next game. It is a difficult moment but we don't have to lose confidence. We were unlucky but we have to know this is football and these things can happen

"It was a fantastic performance by Foster. He saved a lot of opportunities from us and congratulations to him. But it is important to maintain belief in our play, in our quality, in our ability.

"If we are able to play like at Birmingham every game, with this attitude, I think we can win. The problem is to play every game like that."

Ancelotti is hoping Chelsea are able to postpone surgery on captain John Terry's back in addition to fellow defender Alex who defied a knee problem to play against City.

He said: "We have to wait day by day. Alex needs to have surgery but he played without a problem on his knee.

"We have to wait the reaction of the knee. I think we can postpone the surgery and also for John Terry."

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