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Ancelotti refuses to blame Terry-Bridge hype for loss

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No excuses for Chelsea's bad day - Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti refused to blame the hype surrounding the conflict between John Terry and Wayne Bridge for his team's 4-2 defeat by Manchester City.

Bridge refused to shake Terry's hand prior to kick-off while City came from behind to inflict the first home defeat of the season for leaders Chelsea.

But Ancelotti said: "We were focused on the game and played a good first half.

"We made a mistake at the end of the first half and the start of the second half and that is why we lost the game."

Chelsea had taken the lead through a crisp Frank Lampard strike but failed to clear a long punt up field as Carlos Tevez equalised, while Craig Bellamy struck on the break shortly after the restart.

The build-up had been dominated by the first face-to-face meeting between Bridge and Terry since allegations Terry had an affair with Bridge's former's ex-girlfriend.

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Ancelotti added: "We made mistakes but John Terry did not make any.

"This thing has not affected his form. There is no reason to take him out of the team. There is no way. He is our captain."

It was Bridge's long clearance that led to City's equaliser and afterwards City boss Roberto Mancini said of his defender's performance: "Wayne for me played very well.

"Wayne Bridge has been playing well and this team has a fantastic spirit and for this reason we won this game.

Mancini praises Man City's focus

"It was a difficult game because Chelsea is a fantastic team and has played for many years in the Champions League."

Tevez scored from the penalty and Bellamy added a tap-in to make it 4-1 in the closing minutes before Lampard scored with a penalty in injury time.

And with Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack sent off as Chelsea missed the opportunity to move four points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table, Ancelotti conceded it had been a disappointing afternoon for his team.

"We are not happy because we lost a game where we had a good performance in the first half," added the former AC Milan boss.

"It was not a good day and we have to look forward. We are top of the league but it will be more difficult for us.

"I have confidence in this team and we are having a good season."

Hilario was in goal, replacing the injured Petr Cech, and was beaten with a weak shot for City's opener and from an acute angle for their second.

But the Chelsea boss said: "I don't want to criticise him because all the team lost balance when we conceded."



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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 28 39 61
2 Man Utd 28 42 60
3 Arsenal 28 35 58
4 Man City 27 17 49
5 Tottenham 27 22 46
6 Liverpool 27 16 45
7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
8 Birmingham 27 -2 40
9 Everton 26 1 38
10 Fulham 27 3 37
11 Stoke 27 -5 34
12 Blackburn 27 -14 34
13 West Ham 27 -8 27
14 Sunderland 26 -12 26
15 Bolton 27 -19 26
16 Wigan 27 -27 25
17 Wolves 27 -24 24
18 Hull 27 -29 24
19 Burnley 27 -29 23
20 Portsmouth 27 -22 19

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