Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Chelsea’s poor form has left him suffering sleepless nights.
The Blues have now dropped 13 points from the last 18, and the poor form has seen them lose their comfortable lead in the league and drop down to third.
Mirror Football cites that Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked after dropping 10, and as a result Ancelotti is feeling the pressure during Chelsea’s worst run since Gianluca Vialli was dismissed in 2000.
The champions’ fixture list does little to quell any unease at Stamford Bridge with consecutive clashes with Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal, and Ancelotti admitted: “I cannot relax – and I am not sleeping well.”
Boss targets Spurs for points.
Ancelotti has targeted the clash with Spurs to begin a revival of their faltering season, labelling the fixture as a “great opportunity” to show the club’s character.
Despite the Italian’s annoyance at the 1-1 draw with Everton at the weekend, he refused to signal any individual players out for criticism, but realises that his side need to start picking up the points if they are to end their recent slump and continue their defence of the title.
According to Sky Sports, the 51-year-old said: “We have to work and work more than we are doing at the moment. You can move from this moment by staying compact. You don’t have to search for the guilty but understand where we are missing in this moment and look forward.
“The criticism is normal and we have to stay in focus. We have a great opportunity in the next game against Tottenham away. The game is a great opportunity to show our character.”
Blues in for Suarez.
Sportingo is reporting that the champions are targeting Ajax striker Luiz Suarez in January.
The Uruguay international is thought to be seen by some at Stamford Bridge as an answer to the Blues’ goalscoring woes, particularly considering the goal droughts being endured by Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda.
Didier Drogba scored his first goal in over two months at the weekend from the penalty spot, and so a move for Suarez could be seen as both a goalscoring signing and one which adds competition for places.
He is valued at around £25m, but with financial woes at Ajax Carlo Ancelotti may try to get the player around 25% cheaper.