Ancelotti realistic after rout
Carlo Ancelotti is refusing to get excited after his Chelsea side beat Ipswich 7-0 in the FA Cup.
Last Updated: 09/01/11 9:43pm
Carlo Ancelotti is refusing to believe Chelsea have turned a corner despite his side beating Ipswich 7-0 in the FA Cup.
Chelsea found it tough during the opening half hour before finally breaking the deadlock and opening the floodgates.
The Blues boss was well aware that it was a mangerless Ipswich who arrived at Stamford Bridge for their first game since the departure of manager Roy Keane.
Despite being very happy to see a return to scoring form for his men, the Italian insists that the result does not mean Chelsea have returned to top form.
"We needed to have this kind of performance," said Ancelotti.
"The result was good and we did a lot of things well in this game with the performance of the team and the strikers scoring again.
"We don't have to be excited. But, obviously, with this victory, our confidence will improve. We have to wait to say everything is okay.
"There were differences in the first 30 minutes of this game and the other 60.
"We were a bit worried, less confident in that first period. When we scored the first goal, everything was okay.
"But we have to play more games to say the bad moment has gone."
One man Ancelotti singled out for praise was young striker Daniel Sturridge after scoring in each half.
Fresh from scoring five times for the reserves on Thursday, the 21-year-old took his opportunities well in a rare start for the league champions.
"He deserved to play. He played well, scored, is a good player and a good striker. Very dangerous," added Ancelotti.
"In the future, he'll have opportunities. We have a lot of games in this period coming up.
"I think he has to fight with the other strikers, but everyone has to fight. There are a lot of players in competition up front."