Ancelotti Happy With Chelsea Result, Not The Performance

carlo-ancelotti-pic-getty-774460872Carlo Ancelotti ensured his first Champions League campaign with Chelsea got off to a winning start despite a host of suspensions and injuries.

The Blues emerged as 1-0 victors over visiting Porto, due to an intuitive Nicolas Anelka strike minutes after the commencement of the second half.

Regarding the win, Ancelotti claimed the result was good, but added that the performance was not worthy of commendation. However, he claimed that Porto were the toughest contenders in their group, so it was important to start by accumulating maximum points in the first round of group action.

“We are happy with the result, but the performance could be better,” Ancelotti explained to Sky Sports News. “It was a difficult game, as Porto played very well. We looked tired, it was an important result.

“We have to control the game more, especially when we had the advantage. We had a very strong match last Saturday and it was normal to go down physically in the second half as we did a lot of work in the first half to score.

“Porto is the best team in the group so it was a good result,” he added.

Regarding the performance of Salomon Kalou, who was deputising for the suspended Didier Drogba, Ancelott said: “Didier is an important player for us but Kalou did a very good job.

“Nicolas is a great player. He can play without Didier and with Didier. He has no problem.”


~ by footballdirecta on September 16, 2009.

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