Carlo Ancelotti insists if Chelsea want to turn their Champions League quarter-final around they must improve on their lagging performance against Wigan on Saturday, the Press Association report.
The Blues made hard work of beating the bottom side at Stamford Bridge and the Italian made it clear if they are stand a chance against Man Utd on Tuesday they must up their game.
“We have to play better but this is normal,” he said, but indicated his side were maybe thinking about the European clash. “To win there, we have to play at our 100%.”
Ancelotti denied he needed to win the Champions League to save his job but his side’s season is in danger of fizzling out if they lose at Old Trafford.
Terry hails David Luiz.
Current club captain John Terry believes his side already has a man-made captain replacement in the form of defender David Luiz.
The Brazilian has made a big impact since his arrival in January and the England captain said when it is time for him to hand over the armband, Luiz represents the perfect candidate to succeed him.
“On the pitch he has been incredible, a real exceptional player, and is a possible future captain of the club, he has provided a real buzz around the camp.”
Luiz has overshadowed £50m signing Fernando Torres and has been the brightest spark for Chelsea in what mirrors a largely disappointing season for the club.
Sturridge eyes 1st XI.
Daniel Sturridge has vowed to come back to Chelsea and attempt to secure first XI football, according to Sky Sports.
The on-loan forward scored an impressive double for Bolton on Saturday, to help his temporary club see off the challenge from West Ham, but the England under-21 striker says he still sees his future at Stamford Bridge.
“I see my future at Chelsea – if I can become a regular there then that’s my aim. If I can achieve that then great, but if not then obviously I would have to assess what’s going to happen,” he said.
“I’m a Chelsea player, I love playing for the club and want to become a regular.” Sturridge has scored six goals in eight games since moving to the Reebok Stadium.