Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ancelotti: Blues need to believe

Ancelotti: Blues need to believe

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said belief is the key to overcome Manchester United and progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Ancelotti’s team must overcome a 1-0 deficit – an away goal at that – on Tuesday after losing at Stamford Bridge last week.

The Italian tactician says his players must believe in themselves to have any chance of getting through to the next phase, where they would be likely to face Schalke for a spot in the coveted European final.

“Now I have two days so I am going home and I will watch the first game one, two or three times,” Ancelotti said.

“I have to prepare something we can do to create difficulties. I want to try to do something special for the next game.”

“To win there (at Old Trafford) you have to do 100 percent in everything. You have to use personality, courage and you have to control the game.”

“To do that, the players truly have to believe that we can win there.”

Chelsea won 2-1 on their last visit to Old Trafford early last year, but Ancelotti said breaking down the United defence would be a difficult task for his team.

“Obviously, they (United) have the advantage and will try to use counter attack (and) to defend well,” Ancelotti said.

“They are a fantastic defence doing a fantastic job so it will not be easy to score but we have 90 minutes to try to do it.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Yossi Benayoun insists Chelsea will go on to win the trophy if they can overcome United.

The 30-year-old, who has only made five appearances for the club due to an Achilles injury, said the Champions League was the goal with a top-four finish in the English Premier League almost assured.

“I’m sure if we beat United we’ll go to the end and win the trophy,” Benayoun said.

“They are a big team with a great manager but we have belief we can do it, despite losing at home.”

“We have to give everything and try our best.”

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