Terry rejects rift talk
John Terry has rejected talk of any rift in the camp at Fernando Torres' return to the starting line-up.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 01/05/11 4:28pm
Chelsea captain John Terry has rejected talk of any rift in the camp at Fernando Torres' return to the starting line-up against Tottenham.
Torres took the place of Salomon Kalou against Spurs, but it was the Ivorian who came off the bench to grab the vital late winner in the 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Kalou could not even bring himself to celebrate his last-minute winner after being dropped for Torres, but Terry is adamant there is no problem in the Chelsea dressing room.
"No arguing amongst the players, no disappointments," insisted Terry.
"We understand it's a team game and they've all got so much to give to this team. That could be key."
Torres was again taken off just past the hour mark, but Ancelotti denied recalling the Spaniard had disrupted Chelsea's attack, with Didier Drogba, Kalou and Florent Malouda impressing in recent weeks.
"I think that the problem was not the position of Fernando," Ancelotti said. "The first 20 minutes were good, Fernando was involved.
"After that we had more difficulties to pass the ball to him. But his performance individually was good and Didier also sacrificed a bit because he played a little bit behind him, but he played for the team."
Looking ahead to next weekend's title showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford, Ancelotti claims he will ignore the evidence of the performance of the attack against Spurs and the defeat to United in the Champions League last month when picking his starting XI.
"To make a decision about the line-up, I have to forget the past," added Ancelotti. "I have to look at the next training session.
"It's important to have players in good form, in good condition. If we want to win there, we have to use intensity."