Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t expect summer overhaul at Chelsea

Chelsea boss does not expect a flurry of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge despite trophyless season

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to a league and cup double last season Photo:

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Carlo Ancelotti is not expecting a major overhaul of Chelsea’s squad this summer despite the club having endured their worst campaign under the ownership of Roman Abramovich.

Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Jose Boswinga and Nicolas Anelka have all been linked with possible moves away from Stamford Bridge this summer, while Frank Lampard and John Terry are approaching the end of their careers.

But Ancelotti, whose own future at Stamford Bridge has been cast into doubt of late, says the Blues are not desperately looking to bring in new faces ahead of next season.

“I don’t think there will be a lot of changes during the summer because we bought very important players in January, David Luiz and [Fernando] Torres,” said Ancelotti. “I don’t think we need to have too many more changes.”

The former AC Milan boss believes the experience of the older members of Chelsea’s squad can prove vital in the club’s hunt for trophies.

“After 30 years old, you can use your experience to maintain yourself at the top level. I think that football is not just physical, it’s not just technical,” he continued. “It’s experience, ability to manage yourself, to be professional.”

“When you increase your age, your professionalism improves every time – if you are intelligent.

“I think that this club has very intelligent players. Every player has particular skills and abilities, which are difficult to replace.”

Ancelotti admits Chelsea’s squad was not strong enough to defend their Premier League title this season, and says injury problems in defence was one of the main reasons behind their torrid campaign.

“I don’t think the squad was good enough this year,” he said. “At the start of the season, we couldn’t have envisaged having very important players out at the same time.

“We struggled to manage this – without Lampard, Drogba, [Michael] Essien, Terry, Alex. It was very difficult.

“At a certain point in the season, we needed to put [Paulo] Ferreira in at centre-back because we’d lost all our other centre-backs.”

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