Liverpool Can Still Win Premier League – Chelsea Boss Carlo Ancelotti
A dominant Didier Drogba set up both goals for Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda as the Reds suffered their third defeat of the season – more than they tallied for the whole of last season.
Chelsea are now six points clear of Rafael Benitez’s side, who drop to fifth on the table. But Ancelotti insisted that Liverpool were not out of the title hunt just yet.
“I think it’s a long way to the end of the season and Liverpool has the quality to do a very good season,” said the Italian, according to The Liverpool Daily Post.
“We played against a strong team and it was a difficult game until the very end. We got a very good three points against a very good team.
“It was an important win and it was difficult.
“In the first half it was a balanced game, both teams kept good control of the defensive positions.
“It was different in the second half after we scored. We had an opportunity to play on the counterattack as Liverpool were pressing forward.”
Ancelotti expressed his delight with the manner of the victory, saying that his players followed the game plan effectively.
“We deserved to win as we did a good job over the 90 minutes. We did what we had prepared and I’m happy about that,” Ancelotti continued.
“We wanted to avoid Steven Gerrard getting free passes, and I was pleased with the way Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien closed that down.
“Drogba had two good assists for Anelka and Malouda and he worked very hard, but if you play against a big team like Liverpool then you need to work hard and we worked hard together today.
“Liverpool had very good defensive organisation and didn’t leave space in midfield, and sometimes you need to use the strength of Drogba, Essien or Ballack to get through. It’s a characteristic we can use at times.”
Ancelotti also reserved special praise for his defence, who shackled the in-form Fernando Torres all game long. This was achieved also without Peter Cech in goal, Hilario deputising in majestic fashion.
“To control Torres is not easy,” Ancelotti said.
“John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho did a fantastic job. Torres had just one opportunity in either half.”