Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his belief that the Blues’ recent slump is down to a lack of desire among the players.
With John Terry and Michael Essien set to return for today’s visit of Everton, Ancelotti has described the clash as the “most important game of the season,” according to The Independent.
He said: “Terry, Lampard and Essien are very important men in the squad. But I think that without them, we could have done better. We weren’t 100 per cent focused in the games we didn’t win. There wasn’t a 100 per cent desire to win.
“Terry could make the difference, but I don’t think that one player can do that – we have to play as a team and have the support of everyone.”
Blues defender keen on loan.
Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma is reportedly open to moving away from the club on loan, with FansFC suggesting PSV as a likely destination.
The 19-year-old signed for the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2007, but has only played in three Premier League matches in that time despite making his international debut for his native Holland earlier this year.
He reportedly told Voetbal International Radio: “I’m definitely interested in going on loan. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.
“I am very charmed if I could play for PSV. They are playing at the top of the table in the Eredivisie and play European football. It would be OK to play there.”
No January Tamas move.
Chelsea target Gabriel Tamas has ended speculation regarding a possible move to the champions by signing a new deal at West Brom.
His impressive form thus far this season has impressed the Blues, and with Carlo Ancelotti in need of defensive reinforcements amid poor league form and injuries to his regular selection, an approach in January was expected.
However, the 27-year-old has penned a new deal at the Hawthorns which will keep him at the club for a further three-and-a-half years.
According to FansFC, he said: “I am very happy to have signed the new contract and am very settled at Albion. We have done all right so far, as have the other promoted teams. We cannot win all the games but it is where we are at the end of the season that is crucial. What counts is where we are in May – not now.”