Sunday, 28 November 2010

Ancelotti won't be splashing January cash

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he won’t be spending a penny in the January transfer market despite Chelsea’s injury problems.
With centre-back Alex needing a knee operation and John Terry and Frank Lampard still out the champions are running on empty in the title race.
But Ancelotti insists he DOESN’T need to spend in the transfer window and he DIDN’T cock-up by allowing experienced Ricardo Carvalho to move to Real Madrid in the summer.
Ancelotti said: “We don’t have long-term injuries, so we don’t need to have other players in January.
“Obviously we have to look at the situation of Alex and Terry and Lampard. But if all those players don’t show problems we don’t need other players in January. .”
Chelsea will face Newcastle, including battering-ram striker Andy Carroll, with a half-fit Alex at centre-half alongside Branislav Ivanovic – who was used mainly as a right-back until this season.
But Ancelotti is adamant it wasn’t a huge mistake to allow Carvalho to leave just before the season.
He said: “I think it was not a mistake because Carvalho wanted to go and we don’t want to keep players who are not happy to stay here.
“I think we have three fantastic centre-halves, it’s difficult because we lose two and Jeffrey Bruma is young. But he played a good game against Zilina in midweek.”
Ancelotti is adamant his makeshift defence can cope with Carroll this afternoon and produce a result to turn their season around.
And he insists a frank meeting with his players has turned the club’s season around – just like it did after they lost to Inter Milan in the Champions League last year.
Ancelotti added: “You have to move on like we did last year - like we did after Inter. After that the team talked and they grew stronger. I think we can do the same again.”


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