Ancelotti to attend Arsenal clash despite father’s death
Carlo Ancelotti will return to London in time to take charge of Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday despite the death of his father Giuseppe.
Giuseppe, 87, died on Wednesday night with his son at his side and the funeral will take place on Saturday.
Assistant manager Ray Wilkins will take charge of first team matters in Ancelotti’s absence, including Friday’s press conference.
Chelsea returned to winning ways after two straight defeats with a confident 2-0 victory over French champions Marseille on Tuesday evening.
A Chelsea statement read: “Carlo Ancelotti’s father Giuseppe passed away in Italy last night aged 87 with his son at his side.
“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club sends our deepest condolences to Carlo and his family. They are all in our thoughts at this time.
“The funeral will take place in Italy on Saturday. Carlo will return to London for Sunday’s match versus Arsenal.”
Ancelotti boasts a perfect record against Arsenal with Chelsea. The Italian manager oversaw a 3-0 victory at Emirates Stadium in November 2009 and a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier this year.