Ancelotti considers options
Carlo Ancelotti will decide between Yossi Benayoun and Ramires to start against Blackpool on Sunday.
Last Updated: 18/09/10 1:46pm
Carlo Ancelotti will decide between Yossi Benayoun and Ramires to take Frank Lampard's place in the Chelsea midfield against Blackpool on Sunday.
The Blues have made a sterling start to the season, winning all their games in both the Premier League and the Champions League but they will have to do without Lampard once again with the England international failing to recover from a hernia operation.
Their latest victory against MSK Zilina in midweek saw Benayoun catch the eye as he set up goals for Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge in the 4-1 win in Slovakia.
And the Israeli midfielder, who will be available despite reports suggesting he would be absent for the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, is in contention according to his manager.
"Benayoun played very well in the first half against Zilina, taking the right positions and making two assists," said Ancelotti, who was also impressed with Brazilian midfielder Ramires in his last outing.
"It is a new position for him but he can play that position because he is intelligent and we need to have intelligent players in midfield because then we can rotate places there. Yossi will take up the right positions.
"But Ramires played a good game against West Ham last week and he is fresh.
"Lampard will be fit next week, for the Carling Cup against Newcastle I think. He is training but we don't want to take a risk against Blackpool."
Meanwhile Ancelotti reacted to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's comments concerning bad tackling in the Premier League.
Ancelotti sent good wishes to Manchester United's Antonio Valencia who broke his ankle on Champions League duty.
"Valencia was unlucky because the defender didn't make a bad tackle," said the Italian coach. "I want to wish him a quick recovery.
"The tempo of the game here is different from other countries but I don't think that here there are more bad tackles.
"There is fair play here and I have trust in the referees. If there is a bad tackle then the referee can judge."