EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CARLO ANCELOTTI
Ancelotti recently sat down with TalkSport to answer some of the questions about the squad, first team details and his adaptibilty to Stamford Bridge.
Here are some key questions:
Q: Its been 4 months since your second coming as the Manager of Chelsea. How do you feel?
: Thank You for inviting me. Yes, it has been a good start for me here at the Bridge. The backroom staffs are great. The players have accepted me as their boss. It was always hard to fill the shoes of Antonio Conte but the squad and the Board helped me a lot to settle. It will take time to reach achieve the targets but we are on the right track.
Q: How is your releationship with Mr. Roman Abramovich?
I have a decent professional relationship with Abramovich. He is one of the finest persons to have a business conversation. He actually cares about the club. Not like other owners who just splash the cash and never even care to see what happens to the money. Abramovich and I had a very long discussion before my joining. He made it very clear that Chelsea should defend the title or atleast give their 100% effort. Mr. Ambramovich and I have a good forward thinking relationship.
Q: What is your view on the instability in Managerial Positions with Chelsea?
it might not be a question for me to answer. Ofcourse I have views but I don’t think it’s the right time for me to share those with you. I have been blessed with the Head Coach role at Chelsea and my only view right now is to how to take Chelsea to newer heights.
Q: What about the squad? Are you happy with the squad right now? Are you happy with the way Morata has started his Chelsea career?
Yes, I am very happy with the squad. We have a very strong squad assembled together to get Chelsea to newer heights. We needed a correct strike force and that’s why I signed Morata and Belotti. We might not have kepted a lot of clean sheets but the training has been rigorous and the results will soon follow. Morata has been brilliant for us and I hope he continues his ascend to the top with fine performances like this. It is hard for Spanish players to adapt so easily with English atmosphere but Costa did it and Morata is doing the same thing.
Q: You had your second ever loss as at the hands of Watford. Will this loss affect your chances, seeing that the team which defeated you is surprisingly your title rival.?
Right now every team is a rival for us. Every team is fresh and fired up. Of course, it was a bitter loss at the hands of Watford but we have since picked ourselves up and marched on. I never expected us to be unbeatable but I have said it before and even now again that Chelsea might be the only team right now in Premier League that can actually defend their titles.
Q: Last question Carlo, you had two losses in the Champions League. Will this loss affect your chances to qualify for the knockout rounds?
It was an embarrassing loss at the hands of Dortmund and Napoli but it was at their homes. We have still to face them at Stamford Bridge and I am sure we will overcome the odds. With a one year gap, it takes time to get back on the bandwagon in Europe but we are working towards making our game adaptable to European football once again.