'Ignore' Fergie's mind games

2010-04-13 12:49

London - Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has advised his players to ignore Alex Ferguson's mind games ahead of their Premier League clash with Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

United could only manage a dour 0-0 draw with Blackburn at the weekend, leading Ferguson to admit the title may be slipping away from his charges. But the canny old Scot was up to his usual tricks on Monday, suggesting that Chelsea would "have an easy game" against Bolton.

But Ancelotti has stated his players will not let Ferguson destabilise their march towards league glory by lulling them into a false sense of security.

"At this moment of our season, nobody can make us lose our concentration or determination to win the title," the Blues' Italian gaffer said. "There is no possibility that my players will lose their concentration. We have worked all season to be in this situation. Now we're in a good position and not because we were lucky but because we worked very hard every day, all season. We were top of the league for a long time. We lost that position two weeks ago but we're back there now and we want to stay there for the rest of the season."

"On paper, maybe Bolton Wanderers have less quality than us. But they have a possibility to play a game with high intensity because they didn't play at the weekend and we played a tough game on Saturday [in the FA Cup]. They will arrive fresh. I don't think my players believe we have an easy game to play against Bolton. I would like them to think it's a very, very important game. Maybe the most important game of our season."

"If we win we improve our position at the top of the table and go four points clear of Manchester United. This could be a very important step for us towards winning the title. My players have to be focused on this."

It appears as if Ferguson's meddling will not deflect Ancelotti from his task, and after Chelsea's match on Tuesday night the United boss may have to truthfully admit the jig is up.

Soccer Laduma

  • CJ - 2010-04-13 13:05

    Yesterdays news. I follow all the news on UK websites, and then read it 2 days later in South African newspapers, copy and paste and call me a reporter! Come on guys!

  • Jimmy - 2010-04-13 13:21

    What? Fergie trying to exploit another teams weakness? How German of him!

  • blue boy@man u fans - 2010-04-13 13:27

    Is that honestly the best Fergie has to offer????? man,united are slipping further down the slope than I thought... no rooney=no win no win=fergie bringing out his dads sneaky tactics book from 1809 sneaky tactics=loooooooosers whahahahahaha maybe next year united and liverpool can get your acts together and do some shopping and maybe you'll be better off....and before you all go off on one...chelsea have been running on half a team for more than 3/4 the season...

  • lehalima - 2010-04-13 13:33

    please cj, do not demoralize the SA newspapers. i think they call it information re-engineering. hahahahahahaha, truth be told, u have got it. i saw it myself. FEEL IT! IT IS HERE!

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2010-04-13 14:11

    @blue boy@man u fans you cannot buy respect you earn it. how many league titles have chelsea won since roman bought the club and how much money has he spent to wim these titles. So respect the man Sir Alex even if you do not like the team he coaches you chop. leading the premiership and you think your team players are gods, grow up idiot. chelsea will always be a second grade team with no history, no matter who owns the team and how much money they spend. dumbass. i have not commented on these articles for a long time, but i could not stand comments like this and just had to reply. this is not a personal attack to chelsea but just this idiot knows absolute about real football and passion.

  • blue boy@manu til i die - 2010-04-13 14:36

    geez boet,you'd swear the way you go on that united woke up this morning with a little history.... history is written daily...and lets not forget that liverpool still cary more of it than you...thanks to us..the team stopping you from that all important "19" sorry mr man u...your still 2nd best...for yet another hoo...hahahaha... and respect what...a senial old man holding onto a team thats as weak as his hips...? uniteds time is over,you had your shot at making history,you failed,liverpool still have step aside and let us show you how its done.

  • Chillipip - 2010-04-13 15:18

    blue boy@man u fans - i assume you have only started supporting Chelsea in the last 5 or so years. No matter what you say or think history will always in favour of our RED DEVILS. No Rooney no win ?? Sorry to ask but what the score against Bayern the other night .......?? Rather go back and support your Black Leopards instead you chop !!!!

  • AL @ blue boy - 2010-04-13 15:37

    If you can`t win it ------------ buy it!!!!

  • CJ - 2010-04-13 15:41

    @MANUTD TILL I DIE, coming from someone who paid 30 millions pounds for a striker who hardly ever starts and cant find the back of the net! And selling Ronaldo for the money. Yeah I envy Liverpools records, and respect them, because you`ll never find a supporter with a big mouth! So it must suck to loose the title and both ties to a team with no history. Just strange that a 105 year old club don't have a history? Strange how everytime you are trophyless you pull out the history card?! Also must be sad to see a team that`s been relegated play in the FA Cup final, the oldest club competition in football, and Man Utd are nowhere to find. And yes we did spend a lot of money, and Man City took it too far, but grow up, its a professional sport in a professional era! Supporting Man City this weekend, hope Tevez repeat his performance!! C A R E F R E E!!!!

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2010-04-13 15:46

    @blue boy you second best another year who was second best in the three years in the league you idiot. where you also crying with terry in the 2008 champions league final when your team was second best. you very fast to talking about liverpools history if you can even read properly my last posting had nothing to do about liverpool it was straight up at chelsea. you team is nothing 20 years from now when our children are talking about the history of english football chelsea will still hav no history fact. the only thing they might remeber is how that rich russian tried to buy titles nobody will care about chelsea fact.

  • CJ - 2010-04-13 15:51

    @Chiilipip, sorry to ask but what was the score against Chelsea at OLD TRAFFORD?

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-13 16:14

    I wonder where all these Chelsea fans came from all of a sudden - back in 98/99 they didnt even sell Chelsea shirts over here in mzanzi - I remember in highschool i was 1 of only 2 Arsenal (its been like that since 93)supporters in the entire school, everybody was pool and united supporters, seriously i think you guys are just okes who started watching ball in'04/'05, Chelsea were winning and thought hey, that looks like a good team to support....anyway, just my opinion

  • Die-Hard @Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-14 09:58

    You are too stupid to even insult & if you were standing in front of me right now I'd Spit in your face!Go f**k youself!!!

  • soki - 2010-04-14 10:52

    That is rubbish, who ever said that you are supposed to support a team from the time you where born, until you die, you are the same people who believe in presidential leadership for life. You are an idiot, one has the right to support any team they want and at any time they can shift to the next time, even if I choose to support Manchester city, today, then it means I am a Manchester city supporter, so if I chose to support Chelsea in 2004 so what, yeah lets go Chelsea, and stuff it up your ***, you dogmatic, simpleton Manchester united supporter

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-14 13:38

    @SOKI - im a gunner first of all - i didnt know thats the way it works? so this year united wins then you United, then next year pool wins then you pool - whats the point? the idea for me is that through your successes and failures you appreciate one and the other more - imagine we only had sunny days or only rainy days - only good times in life and no tears...thats what makes victories sweeter at the end of the day - if you had been a Chelsea fan since before they became who they are today, imagine the joy you wouldv felt when they won the first leage title in 50 years in 2004? this isnt politics its sport...and you naturally grow accustomed to the way a team plays and what they represent - for instance - Arsenal play an attractive brand of football, they play an adventurous game thast very attack minded - in the past we were known as "1-0 TO THE ARSENAL" wenger came in 96 and changed that for us to how we play today - by the way i decided to support this team because of their heroics in the 93 cup final, linighan scored the winning goal after breaking his nose in the game, and that showed character and fighting spirit, it reminded me of myself - so ive been sticking with them ever since, through thick and thin - remember, i said it was just my opinion, im very pationate about the game and my team and dont like to see people just jumping on the bankd wagon cause a certain team is doing well like most unted fans even - dont be offended, some united fans are there because people dont like supporting a losing team, they friends are all supporters so hey, lets do that....

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-14 14:55

    @DIE HARD - talk football dont curse - cu*t

  • Et1 @ Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-21 10:10

    You talk a lot of sense mate. I am a Man UTD supporter and I will never support any team other than Man U. and if they fall of the planet and never play football again, I will still not suport any other team.

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