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Carlo Ancelotti rejects Sir Alex Ferguson's claims

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Venue: Stamford Bridge Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2010 Kick-off: 2000 BST
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live and full match commentary on BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM and DAB)

Ancelotti dismisses Ferguson 'mind games'

Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that Chelsea face an "easy" game against Bolton.

Victory for Ancelotti's Blues on Tuesday will move them four points clear of United in the Premier League title race, with four games to go.

"I hope that Alex is correct [in saying it is an easy match]," said Ancelotti.

"No matches are easy, even if you go out and score a lot of goals. No, it's mind games. Ferguson is clever."

Ancelotti added: "Blackburn drew against United and that was a good result for us, but only if we win on Tuesday.

"On paper we are favourites against Bolton, but only on paper. It's normal that Chelsea will win in theory, but we need to go out and achieve this.

"Maybe before you can say it will be easy but I haven't played an easy game this season."

Bolton come into the game against Chelsea having lost their previous three matches - including a 4-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on 27 March.

However, Trotters manager Owen Coyle has been determined to ignore Ferguson's 'mind games'.


"Maybe Ferguson is trying to put a bit of pressure on Chelsea," Coyle stated.

"We believe we can get something from the game. I'll concentrate on what we can do and not what anyone else says."

The Bolton boss added: "That's why we love football, because everyone's got an opinion.

"Everyone has written us off but I've been in that position before and gone to Chelsea and won, as I did with Burnley in the Carling Cup. I can assure you it can be done."

Ferguson's comments have been perceived as another example of psychological tactics from the United manager.

Kevin Keegan famously lost his cool in a live television interview in 1996 when his Newcastle side were challenging United for the Premier League title and he claimed he would "love it" if the Magpies won the race.

Since then Ferguson has been involved in long-running feuds with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, as well as more recent rows with Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, when he was in charge at Chelsea.

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see also
Chelsea 1-0 Bolton
13 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Title hopes dealt blow - Ferguson
11 Apr 10 |  Man Utd
Benitez reignites Ferguson rift
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