Champions League - Ancelotti rues bad moment

Wed, 08 Dec 21:52:00 2010

Managerial reaction from the Champions League with a deflated Carlo Ancelotti vowing to lead Chelsea out of their slump after the Blues lost at Marseille.

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Marseille 1-0 Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti: "I think we have a lot of players with fantastic character and personality. We have to come back and show this.

"I'm not low. I'm strong. I want to resolve this problem quickly. I'm focused on my job. This is normal. I think my players have that same focus. I'm sure of this.

"I'm worried just because we're not doing our best. This is the problem. We have to do better. I would like the team to move on quickly from this moment.

"It's not a good moment. The bad moment continues, but we have to keep going.

"We've lost some confidence in our play. Now we have to come back and keep going. We were unlucky sometimes."

Arsenal 3-1 Partizan Belgrade

Arsene Wenger: "I was never really nervous, worried yes because in football you can never say that you don't worry when you are 1-1.

"It was bit of a low-key game because we didn't find our pace or openings in their defence.

"I felt our speed of passing was not incisive enough and it was a bit nervous as well.

"They were focused on closing us down everywhere.

"But I felt we had the resources to score and in the last 20 minutes they would drop a little bit physically.

"Let's be realistic, Barcelona are the super favourite at the moment, but we take what we get and if it is Barcelona, it is Barcelona.

"We have played them already last year and we will see.

"It depends whether you have your best players available, whether we have a good level of confidence then.

"It is very difficult to predict how far you can go.

"Now in the last 16 it becomes a different competition, a cup competition and that means for 180 minutes you have to be at your top."

Reuters

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