Carlo Ancelotti Looking To The Long-Term At Chelsea
“I started to train in 1995 and, after two years of this job, I thought that, for me, I would end my career in 2000,” the Press Association report Ancelotti as saying.
“When I got to 2000, I said: “Now it’s better to continue because I like this.
“I thought I’d close my career in 2005 but after the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool, I thought it was better to continue. Now, my stop is 2015.
“I hope to stay here. It depends not only on me. But I can say that, after three months here, I hope to stay a long time.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to Wigan Athletic at the weekend, and Joe Cole and Yuri Zhirkov, who made returns from injury in the League Cup win over Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night, will both be in the squad for the trip to Lancashire.
So too will Didier Drogba, who has shaken off the calf injury he picked up playing against Tottenham Hotspur last week.
“Joe played very well and shows very good condition. I’m very happy for him. After eight months out, it’s not easy to play like he does,” Ancelotti explained.
“I’m sure that England coach Fabio Capello knows him very well. I’m sure Joe can do very good things for the England team.
“He had great matches in the past with England. He can return and put this quality on the pitch for the national team.
“Yuri had a different problem, but he had a good 60 minutes. Now he’s not in such good condition and he’ll have to improve this.
“He’s at 70 per cent of his physical condition, but both of them will travel to Wigan. We will start with them on the bench, but there’s a chance they can play.
“Didier had a problem last week, but he’s completely rested and trained very well yesterday. He’s all right to play tomorrow.”
Ancelotti is also delighted with the mentality of his squad at the moment, as they look to add to an unbeaten run of 23 games that stretches back to March.
“I don’t need supplementary motivation,” he added. “I just want to do my best for this team and maintain this atmosphere.
“At the moment there’s a very good atmosphere around this team. We have won all the games, so that atmosphere isn’t unusual.
“Wigan like to play football on the ground, they don’t use a lot of long balls and we have respect for this team because they have very good players.”