Ancelotti refuses to rise to Ferguson's Bolton mind games
Ancelotti responds to Ferguson's 'clever' mind games
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Tuesday, 13, Apr 2010 03:41
By Richard James.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed Sir Alex Ferguson's claims his team's clash against Bolton tonight will be easy, describing the comment as "clever mind games" by the veteran coach.
Chelsea currently lead the Premier League by a single over Manchester United, but can extend their lead to four pints with victory over Owen Coyle's men at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Responding to his side's 0-0 draw against Blackburn on Sunday, Ferguson conceded United's chances of securing a fourth successive league title were now remote, with Chelsea firmly in the driving seat.
"We have a lifeline if Chelsea blow it," he said. "But to my eyes they have an easy game against Bolton on Tuesday. We would expect them to win that and it will put them four points clear."
Responding to the comments, Ancelotti said: "Now is a very good situation for us, and we are in a very good position. This happened not because we were lucky but because we worked hard every day. We stayed top for a lot of time, lost it two weeks ago and came back to the top of the list and want to stay until the end of the season.
"Maybe you can say it will be easy [the game against Bolton] but I haven't played an easy game this season. No, it's mind games, Ferguson is clever."
He added: "I don't think my players think we've got to play an easy game. I would like them to think it's a very, very important game. Maybe the most important game of our season. If we win, we can go four points ahead of Manchester United. My players must be focused on this."