Carlo Ancelotti recently went on record saying that the miserable slump in Chelsea’s form is finally over. The Italian manager believes the result against Blackpool was proof that the Blues are back to their best as they registered two consecutive wins. However, not everyone seems to share Carlo’s enthusiasm, as many point out to the penalty (which defined the game at Bloomfield Road) as a lucky decision that went in Chelsea’s favour.
Whether or not the penalty decision was right is subject to debate, but one thing for certain is that it did decide the game’s result. Salomon Kalou was one among those who felt the penalty was a big turning point in the match, as he told Chelsea’s Official Website: “It
In the end the only thing that mattered was picking up the three points and that was just how John Terry reflected on the game: “We needed it, it’s a massive win actually, said the 30-year-old. Terry, who scored the opening goal for his side, continued: “Watching Man United get beaten, Spurs (and) Arsenal drawing at home which nobody really expected, so it was important we capitalised.” In response to the criticism directed towards his side for their mediocre performance, the Chelsea defender said: “At times we’ve played a lot better but at the same time come away with nothing, so you come away from home to a tough place and you’d take a good win.”
Reflecting on Chelsea’s recent results, Carlo Ancelotti cited the options on the bench as a key factor for his team’s performances. The Italian highlighted the fact that he now has the ability to vary his team selection in order to keep his best players fresh for every match. His comments are justified as the Chelsea bench against Blackpool boasted the presence of Branislav Ivanovic, Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda amongst others.
As the accusations of an unconvincing win continue to be thrown at the Blues, it appears like the vital clash against Manchester City next Sunday will be an ideal platform for Chelsea to prove their mettle. The Blues have never taken three points against City under the management of Carlo Ancelotti and will be looking to change that. If Chelsea do happen to win the game at Stamford Bridge they can not only capture third place in the league, but also perhaps take a step towards silencing their critics.