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The Beauty Of Hindsight

Hindsight is a funny old thing eh?

Before our game against Villa at the weekend, Carlo Ancelotti was threatening to give up smoking for longer than the course of a game if we overcome our crisis of confidence enough to lift the Premier League trophy this season, stating “I said that once before, at Milan, when I promised myself I would give up if we won the Champions League in 2007, but I never said when (I’d quit). I could do the same now but, again, I won’t say when I’ll stop. Though it’s very difficult to smoke in England, no? But it’s nothing to do with destiny. If you are better, you’ll win the title. I am an optimist and our destiny is still in our own hands. I think that (Sir Alex) Ferguson and (Arsène) Wenger will be thinking the same thing. We’ll see against Villa whether we have come out of that difficult period we’ve been in. But we’ve gone back to basics – playing football and defending well – and our focus is there. We have to have confidence in our play and do the basics right. Then we’ll see.”

After the drubbing of Villa however, following a switch of formation, the confident Chelsea boss says “When we play our best attacking football, we are able to overcome any defence. It is important that we play our best football until the end of the season in the Premier League and the FA Cup. We can make this a fantastic season if we finish in the right way. We always want to play attacking football and this is how we started on Wednesday against Portsmouth, with an attacking team, which is why we are now the top scoring team in the Premier League. I think we have shown that we have the mentality to recover well and the players performed how I would have liked us to.”

…………..and suddenly he’s stopped mentioning the smoking.



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