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Chelsea are back on track, insists boss Carlo Ancelotti

Gael Kakuta and John Terry
Kakuta (left) and Terry combined to set Chelsea on the road to victory

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted his side had put their recent problems behind them following their 2-0 Champions League win against Marseille.

"We analysed our last two defeats but now they are forgotten," he said as his side stayed top of Group F.

"I think we're in control of our qualification. We have a good chance to qualify in first place.

"We're in a good position - top of the table in this competition, and top of the table in the Premier League."

John Terry flicked in Chelsea's opener from a Gael Kakuta corner and Nicolas Anelka slotted in a nonchalant penalty to leave Chelsea top of the group on goal difference ahead of Spartak Moscow, with Ancelotti's side due to meet the Russians in Moscow on 19 October.

Chelsea dominated the first half against the French champions, but appeared to take their foot off the gas in the second as Benoit Cheyrou, Brandao and Luco Gonzales all went close for the visitors.


It briefly looked like Ancelotti's side, who suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Manchester City, three days after being dumped out of the Carling Cup by Newcastle, might stutter again.

But Chelsea regained the initiative in the closing stages as both Alex and Michael Essien rattled the woodwork.

Ancelotti added: "We have four more matches to play, and the next two against Spartak Moscow will be important.

"It wasn't comfortable because the second half was more difficult as Marseille wanted to get back into the game.

"They put pressure on our midfield and we didn't play as well as in the first half, but we did create a lot of chances.

"But Marseille were in the game until the end. They played good football, attacked and wanted to score."

The Chelsea boss said he was not concerned about the casual manner in which Anelka converted his penalty, awarded somewhat harshly by referee Frank de Bleeckere after a debatable Stephane Mbia handball.

"I don't tell Anelka how to shoot a penalty," said Ancelotti. "If he scores, I'm happy. I've never seen Anelka scared or nervous. He's always quiet and calm. He's a good character."

While the Italian conceded it was a good result ahead of Sunday's Premier League summit meeting against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, he insisted his players did not ease off after the break with that encounter in mind.

He added: "I don't think we were thinking about the Arsenal game on Sunday in the second half.

"The result was good for this [the Arsenal game], but the Premier League is a different story."

Marseille manager Didier Deschamps, who won the FA Cup as a Chelsea player in 2000, felt there was a gulf between the two teams.

"We were almost strangled by Chelsea's superiority," he said. "We were dominated, both technically and physically.

"We found the first half tough and lacked aggression at times. We tried harder in the second half, but they could have added a third. There was a huge difference between the sides."

Shola Ameobi

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