Carlo Ancelotti: We must believe we can beat Man United
Chelsea boss demands 100 per cent from his players in Champions League showdown with Manchester United
Carlo Ancelotti is convinced Chelsea can overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and defeat Manchester United to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea travel to Old Trafford for Tuesday night’s showdown trailing to Wayne Rooney’s valuable away goal at Stamford Bridge last week.
But the Blues boss insists his side have what it takes to become only the third team in the tournament’s history to produce an equivalent turnaround.
“In Italy, we have a saying: ‘If you have two, then you next have three’,” said Ancelotti. “They have to truly believe that we can win there.
“I don’t know if they will be able to do this. But, at the start of the game, you have to believe that you can win.”
The Italian coach has told his players that it will take a near perfect display to overcome three-time European champions United at Old Trafford.
“To win there, you have to do 100 per cent in everything,” he continued. “And not just 100 per cent, but you have to use personality, courage, you have to control the game.”
Misfiring £50m striker Fernando Torres is yet to score for the Blues since joining in January, but his manager insists he is not concerned by the Spaniard’s goal drought.
“He’s searching for a goal, but our aim is that he plays for the squad, moves well for the team, and works for his team-mates,” said Ancelotti of Torres.
“I never ask my strikers just to score goals. If he scores it’s good for him and for Chelsea, but I’m just interested in the performance of Chelsea. We will try to do something special.”