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Manager Carlo Ancelotti pleased with 'focused' Chelsea


Ancelotti happy after tough win

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed a professional display from his players after the champions kept up their 100% record with a 2-0 victory over Stoke.

Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba were on target as the Blues followed up two resounding league wins with a less spectacular result against the Potters.

"We didn't play our best football but we were focused and concentrated - it's important to win," said the Italian.

"It's impossible to win 6-0 every week, today we played very well defensively."

Chelsea began the season with 6-0 wins over West Brom and Wigan and, while they didn't hit the same heights at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, they looked comfortable and are yet to concede a goal in the Premier League.

"I was happy because we won but we didn't have a good, high tempo. The tempo was not continuous but we didn't concede," said Ancelotti.

By contrast with Chelsea's winning start to the season, Stoke have lost all three of their games so far but manager Tony Pulis was pleased with his team's work-rate.

Pulis pleased with performance despite defeat

"I think we gave Chelsea a game today. We did our best to frustrate them but we're not getting that bit of luck in front of goal," said the Potters boss.

"We had our moments but overall Chelsea were the better team. They had numerous opportunities but I give credit to our lads for the work they put in."

Pulis revealed he hopes to make some new signings before the close of the transfer window at 1800 BST on Tuesday.

"I hope the window stays open long enough for me to bring three or four players in. We're hoping to do some business," he said.

Pulis also reiterated his desire to keep goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who has been linked with Chelsea, at the Britannia Stadium.

"Asmir is a decent kid and the problem has been other people getting into him behind the scenes. But I'm sure (chairman) Peter Coates will do his damnedest to make sure Asmir stays at Stoke City."

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Chelsea 2-0 Stoke
28 Aug 10 |  Premier League

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