Chelsea news – Blues on Pastore alert, Ancelotti: Players look scared, Essien milestone

Ancelotti: Players look scared.

Carlo Ancelotti angrily declared that his players are “frightened” after seeing the Blues surrender a winning position four minutes from time to drop yet more points, this time against visitors Everton.

Didier Drogba’s penalty shortly before half time looked destined to prove the winning goal until former Leeds striker Jermain Beckford headed an equaliser for the Toffees.

According to UKPA, Ancelotti said: “I am disappointed and angry. Not just because of the result. We played good football in the first half and the second half was totally different. We played the long ball. We were a little bit scared.

“We have to do better day-by-day on the training ground, in the training sessions. We have to work harder than we are doing. This is the way I know to move on in a difficult moment.”

Blues on Pastore alert.

Chelsea target Javier Pastore could be available in the next transfer window should current club Palermo decide to cash in, and the news has put both the champions and Man City on alert.

Pastore is a coveted asset in football at the moment with the Blues and Citizens leading the host of English clubs looking at the possibility of signing him.

Palermo club president Maurizio Zamparini had previously stated his intention to keep the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, but implied that the player could now leave as early as the new year, according to Mirror Football.

Zamparini said: “Pastore could be sold [in January] if he shows the desire to leave.”

Essien milestone.

Michael Essien reached a milestone having appeared in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Everton, as he played in his 200th game for the club, according to chelseafc.com.

The midfielder, who turned 28 on Friday, becomes the 13th foreign player to reach such a landmark for the Blues, following Salomon Kalou’s 200th game last month.

And Essien couldn’t be happier at Stamford Bridge. He said: “I am very happy in England, very happy in London and very happy playing for this club.

“I am so lucky to play for Chelsea, I couldn’t ask for more. I am at one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m really enjoying my football.”

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