Carlo: We Can Win The League

carlo-ancelotti-pic-getty-774460872Carlo Ancelotti reckons his Chelsea squad has all the ingredients to win this season’s Premier League title.

The Blues beat Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge with a brand of football that was stylish, exciting and fluid.

Goals from Nicolas Anelka just before half-time and two quickfire strikes after the interval from Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole — his first at Stamford Bridge — completed the demolition job.

The fluidity of Chelsea’s football was unstoppable with players inter-changing roles with ease, and Ancelotti beamed: “We have showed that we can adapt to different systems and shapes with intelligent movement and I am pleased with the way my attacking players have shown they can move into spaces whatever system we play.

“I am happy because we showed good play on the pitch. We have to maintain this moment.

“My players did well in the first half but it was important to maintain quick movement of the ball for the full 90 minutes.

“Every week we work in training to play well and for a coach that is important.

“It means that we are going the right way. I proposed an idea and the players are doing very well with it.

“Burnley played well in defence in the first half. They like to attack and have very good qualities. They attacked very well against Manchester United when they beat them.

“We have a possibility to win the league. We have started well but we know the season is very long.

“I have trust in this squad and all of my players are hungry to show what they can do and to win every game.”

Meanwhile, Burnley boss Owen Coyle admitted his side had been given a footballing lesson by Chelsea.

Coyle’s side, promoted via the play-offs last season, have already beaten Manchester United and Everton so far this term.

But they looked positively pedestrian against a Chelsea side that flowed forward effortlessly.

The visitors could nevertheless have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Martin Paterson missed an open goal.

Coyle added: “We had one or two opportunities in the first half but we are not deluding ourselves as Chelsea had a host of chances and Brian made some big saves.


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“There might have been a suspicion of offside about their first goal but there is no doubt about it, Chelsea were deserved winners. I have no argument with that.

“We will take our medicine and it was a lesson today at times with the way Chelsea passed and moved the ball.

“But that is why they are world-class players. We will look to pick ourselves up and go again.

“The disappointing thing was losing the first goal on the stroke of half-time and then the five minutes after the break.

“We had to be so focused and concentrated to keep ourselves in the game. But we didn’t and we got punished for it.

“At 3-0 the game is beyond you, no doubt about that. I thought some of the Chelsea play was fantastic and all credit to them. They are good players who believe in what they are doing.

“At this level we have to take our chances. Martin Paterson is in the dressing room apologising to the lads because he is so honest.

“But I have no problem with people missing chances because I had a career full of them, the problem is when you are not getting chances.

“But I thank the lads for the start to the season and everything they have given me.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on August 30, 2009.

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