Crocked Chelsea duo John Terry and Frank Lampard are reportedly “nearing return”, according to The Metro.
The pair have been long-term concerns for the Blues, with Terry missing several games due to a nerve problem in his leg and Lampard suffered a groin injury during rehabilitation from a hernia operation.
Ancelotti believes that at least one of the two England internationals could return within the next week or so, if not both of them. He said: “Lampard needs to have next week, I think, and will start to train all the time with the squad. John Terry, the last days his pain has gone down, and I think he will be able to play next weekend.”
Ancelotti: Pressure is on.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he is feeling the heat amid the Blues’ poor recent form, adding that he needs to restore the fine form at Stamford Bridge. However, the former AC Milan boss said that the pressure is not coming from his “happy” boss Roman Abramovic, but himself.
According to Mirror Football, Ancelotti said: “I am under pressure. This is normal, to be under pressure. You have to look at the results. The results are not good and I have to take my responsibility and stay more in focus on my job. I have to use all my experience to give more opportunities to the players to do better.”
Leboeuf attacks Roman.
The Daily Express is this morning stating that former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has launched a surprising attack on Blues owner Abramovich. The World Cup winner blamed the Russian billionaire for the instability which has enshrouded Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, and said that manager Carlo Ancelotti should be left to get on with his job.
Leboeuf said: “Roman Abramovich knows nothing about football, knows nothing about how to prepare a team or a club, unlike Carlo Ancelotti. Saying things because he is the chairman, and not knowing the consequences of his acts – that’s a problem for Chelsea. It is bizarre that after a few losses, everything is in jeopardy for Chelsea. Yet they won the league and FA Cup Double last year. Ancelotti is doing a good job. But they lose two games so there is a drama. You need stability and calmness in a club. At every level of Chelsea, it is a war.”