English Premiership

Ancelotti keen on Gerrard

2010-11-05 20:13
Carlo Ancelotti (File)

London - Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he would love the chance to manage Liverpool's Steven Gerrard in the future as he prepares to face the Reds captain at Anfield on Sunday.

Gerrard was described by Liverpool's Jamie Carragher as the best player in the club's illustrious history after the England midfielder hit a hat-trick against Napoli in the Europa Cup on Thursday.

Ancelotti also has first-hand experience of Gerrard's brilliance after he sparked Liverpool's dramatic Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005.

Chelsea have made several attempts to sign Gerrard in the past, with the midfielder coming close to accepting their advances during the Jose Mourinho era.

When asked if he would ever like to manage Gerrard, Ancelotti said: "Yes, obviously he's one of the best players in the world and I'd like to manage him one time in the future. In the future, eh?"

That kind of comment will hardly endear Ancelotti to under-pressure Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, but the Blues chief is determined to add to his woes by claiming three points at Anfield this weekend.

And Ancelotti knows stopping Gerrard will be key to Chelsea's chances of maintaining their lead at the top of the table.

"To win there we have to do our best," Ancelotti said. "It's not enough to play at 90 percent. We have to play 100 percent to win there because now Gerrard is in fantastic condition.

"The victory against Napoli was important in improving their confidence, so we have to be ready to fight and stay focused for the whole game.

"Our game against Liverpool at Anfield was the most important game of last season. It was the key to winning the title but we have to play against a different team on Sunday.

"They've changed the manager and have had some problems since the beginning of the season. But they've moved on and won the last three games.

"We have to think they're one of the best teams in England. There will be a fantastic atmosphere and they will have the support of their fans.

"I think Liverpool's bad start is over. But it's good for us to think they've moved on from the bad moment."

Liverpool have not won the league for two decades and their lack of success has baffled Ancelotti.

"I'm surprised," he admitted. "A side able to win the Champions League should be able to win the Premier League. That surprises me.

"Some clubs, like Milan, have more confidence playing in the Champions League with their history than in the Premier League.

"It's difficult explaining, but it's true. Milan were more comfortable in the Champions League. Liverpool have that history and tradition as well, and it's the same."

Read more on:    epl  |  carlo ancelotti  |  steven gerrard  |  chelsea  |  liverpool
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.

 
 

Men24.com

Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
Fixtures
23 November 2014
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 15:30
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur, The KC Stadium 18:00
24 November 2014
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 22:00
29 November 2014
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, The Hawthorns 14:45
Liverpool v Stoke City, Anfield 17:00
West Ham United v Newcastle United, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Swansea City v Crystal Palace, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Hull City, Old Trafford 17:00
Burnley v Aston Villa, Turf Moor 17:00
Sunderland v Chelsea, Stadium of Light 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.