Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ancelotti sets points target for Chelsea

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti feels 21 points from their final eight games will bring the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge this season.

Chelsea currently lie in third place with 65 points, but victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Wednesday would leave them just a point behind leaders Manchester United with seven games remaining.

Ancelotti is not daunted and he now wants them to bounce back from their draw at Blackburn.

"I like statistics and I think that, in the past, with 86 points every team has won the title," Ancelotti said. "I think that we need to get 86 points to win.

"We have less opportunity to win after last week because we lost two points at Blackburn, but we can have a chance again to win this title and we will do everything we can to do so. It's very important for us.

"Now I want to believe we can win the championship and I want to stay focused on my job and give my players knowledge to win their next games.

"I always said that I want to give respect to my players and I want to have respect. I think this is the right behaviour and I think that, this season, everything is right with the players. I am happy with my players' attitude.

"We are disappointed about the last matches. We are out of the Champions League and lost our position at the top of the table, but everyone has kept putting in the right behaviour. The players, the club, we want to stay together at this difficult moment. This is the best thing to do at this particular moment.

"We had possibilities to win more and we didn't, so for this we are disappointed, but we put more intensity into our jobs.

"We have to have more discipline on the pitch. We have to stay more focused on our defensive positions.

"When we don't win, we are disappointed, and above all the game against Blackburn because it was a very important game, but we have a possibility to come back and win tomorrow.

"We need to win to close this moment. I'm sure that, with a victory, this moment will be behind us."

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