Club Focus – Chelsea – Ancelotti needs to impress Abramovich

Chelsea’s season in terms of winning any silverware may already be over, but both the players and manager will not be lacking any motivation going into the last remaining games of the season. Ever since the Blues’ exit from the Champions League, there have been constant rumours regarding the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, along with the sale of several players by the end of the campaign.

The players would be aware of the news flying around Stamford Bridge and it may have spurred them on, as they registered a commendable victory on Saturday against West Brom. Chelsea put forth an impressive performance at The Hawthorns and showed the character to come back after being a goal down – something they have not done enough this season.

Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda are widely tipped to be heading for the exit this summer, but the trio each made a strong case as to why Roman Abramovich should think twice before wielding the axe. Despite having relatively poor seasons it would seem a drastic measure if the trio were sold by the club. Drogba in particular was outstanding on Saturday and the fans would definitely hate to see the man that took Chelsea to so many titles, leave in the summer.

Nonetheless, Carlo Ancelotti has a lot to make up for. The Italian has taken a fall from grace this season, but all may not be lost for him yet. Despite the fact the league title may be out of reach for the Blues, they still maintain a slender chance of overcoming Manchester United. However, a more realistic target would be to finish second. Chelsea are hot on the heels of Arsenal and could benefit from a slip up by the Gunners.

Another target Carlo can set for himself in order to strengthen his chances of keeping his job is to try and get the team together before the end of the season. The former Milan manager has six games to prove he can effectively integrate Fernando Torres into the squad. If the Italian can somehow manage to get Drogba and Torres to work together, while also getting the two to score some goals, then we could very well see Ancelotti at the Bridge next season as well.

One thing to keep in mind is from this point onwards, winning games by a one goal margin is not going to help Ancelotti’s cause. In order to prove that he can prevent his mistakes from this season occurring again, Carlo has to get his team to register some pretty comprehensive victories. A couple of 6-0 wins will surely restore some faith back from Abramovich and may very well ensure that contracts are not terminated come the end of the season.

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