Well even the good clubs have their problems, and Chelsea are going through a bad spell at the moment and there seems to be added pressure on their manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti – Chelsea’s excellent and experienced manager
Not that the sky is falling in, with Chelsea still top of the league, but it seems the surprise dismissal of coach Ray Wilkins, presumably without Ancelotti’s knowledge or approval, has caused some waves at the London club.
And with Ancelotti not seeming to be in full control of player personnel at the club, some in the press have even suggested he may walk away form Chelsea, but we think that’s just fanning the flames and will not happen.
25 year-old Salomon Kalou however, is in full support of his manager as he said today:
“He is very important – he doesn’t put pressure on the players,” . “Even without winning, we’re still training the same way and doing the same things.”
“He has that calm and brings it to the team.” “When you play for Chelsea and the team is under pressure, you don’t want the whole team to be scared because it’s difficult to perform.”
” Ancelotti has that belief that everything is going to be good if we work hard and continue to train the way we do.”
Carlo happens to be the same age as Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, at 51, but of course Carlo has been in club management for 15 years, since way back in 1995 when he took over at Reggiana, and Chris has been in management for a little over 15 months.
And since 1995 Ancelotti has managed some big clubs in Parma, Juventus, Milan and now Chelsea, and it’s not that Ancelotti has to prove to anybody that he’s a first-rate manager, because the stats are there for all to see.
And Carlo also had a top class playing career as a midfielder playing for Parma, Roma and Milan and representing Italy 18 times.
Kalou seems to have absolutely no doubt about his manager, as he continued:
“We never doubted it. It is not because you lose two games that the manager should be under pressure,” “It is a real joy working with him, and we believe we’ll have a great season. We just focus on the games and try to win.
“Last year we won two trophies and this year we’re still in three.” “We are still first in the Premier League and Champions League, but you won’t win every game, so the most important thing is to focus on the next game and try to win it.”
“Newcastle away is tough, but we have the confidence back and know we can win.”
Salomon’s right, Chelsea are still in very good shape for the season, and maybe by getting such a good start to the season pundits thought Chelsea were almost home and dry in the league, but of course those pundits are hardly ever right, as they keep proving again and again.
And after all, the Premier League is the toughest league in the world.
Carlo’s stats in football management are just phenomenal, and he currently has a 68.8% win average with Chelsea, and in his full 15 year career career of managing in 744 club games so far, he has won 414 of them, which is a win percentage of 55.7% – just fantastic.
It’s a difficult game to call on Sunday between Newcastle and Chelsea, simply because we have no idea which Newcastle side will turn up for the game – but if they play with the form of a normal home game, we will in all likelihood be beaten, and maybe even well beaten.
Only if Newcastle are at or near their best, will they have any chance of taking anything off the Premier League Champions.