As Chelsea fail to get back to winning ways, the scrutiny on Ancelotti and his methods appears to increase with every game. The Italian is already subject to a number of rumours linking him with a move away at the end of the season, while others suggest he is on the verge of being sacked. However, Ancelotti remains professional and focuses on the game rather than the speculation surrounding his job. Now that his side is out of the FA Cup, the Blues boss can take comfort in the fact that his side now has a reduced fixture list (when compared to rivals in the league). Ideally this would give Carlo the perfect opportunity to capture the Champions League by prioritizing the games in Europe, but that is not the case because Chelsea are in danger of finishing fifth in the league and cannot afford to take domestic games for granted.
The Blues travel to Denmark to face Copenhagen in the second round of the Champions League on Tuesday. Chelsea were lucky enough to be drawn against one of the weaker sides at this stage of the competition and will be expected to progress. The good news is Ancelotti will have Fernando Torres available for this one, as Liverpool not qualifying for the Champions League deems the Spaniard eligible. A good result would surely lift the spirits of the players and everyone around the club, especially considering the fact they have a game against Manchester United awaiting them on their return.
The next few weeks are absolutely vital from Carlo’s view. His team have to progress in Europe while also getting a good result against United at Stamford Bridge in order to keep them in the hunt for fourth place. If the Italian fails in delivering at this crucial phase of the season he could not only ruin Chelsea’s chances of winning anything but could also end up eliminating them from next year’s Champions League as well.