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Ancelotti: Roman not fixated with Champs League

Carlo Ancelotti has played down suggestions that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to win the Champions League.

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Ancelotti was drafted in as Chelsea manager 12 months ago with Champions League success marked down as his number one target. But Chelsea fell in the Second Round when losing to Jose Mourinho's Internazionale, who went on to beat Bayern Munich in the final.

But the Chelsea boss insists that Abramovich is not obsessed with European success. Chelsea won the League and FA Cup Double in his first season, and they have a 100% Premier League this term after Saturday's 3-1 win at West Ham United.

Ancelotti told the News of the World: "I speak with Roman a lot, but he is not obsessed with the Champions League. He wants to win everything, but he's not desperate. I don't have pressure from outside. I want to put myself under pressure because I want to win.

"He wants a team with a clear identity and we have created that. The normal step for players in this situation is to think about winning the Champions League. The players have reached the semi-final five times and one final. They deserve it, but only if you do it better than others."

"I don't want to think that the Champions League is more important than the Premier League. Both are very important. Last season we won the Premier League. We don't want to say the Premier League is not very important - we would like to win it again. But the normal step is to do things better than we did last season in the Champions League. We went out too early.

"Our aim is to improve our type of play, to have more continuity to do better and to stay involved."

Former AC Milan coach Ancelotti revealed he met Mourinho in Geneva last week to put a long-standing fued to bed.

Ancelotti said: "He was very kind when I won the Premier League. He sent me a message and our relationship is different now, it is a good relationship. We met in Geneva last week. We had a good time together, now he is my friend."

After the recent media storm about players' private lives, Ancelotti said he does not get involved in such matters. He told BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "My philosophy is that I don't want to control the private lives of my players.

"My players have to know that they have to respect the shirt also when they are outside of the training ground, outside of the pitch, but I am not able to control the private lives of my players and I don't want to judge anybody because everyone can do everything.

"A lot of kids are looking at the behaviour of the players so they have more responsibility and they have to know this, but as a manager I don't want to control.

"If my player wants to stay outside, go to bed at 12 o'clock or eight o'clock - I'm not interested. The private life has to stay the private life - I wouldn't like it if people judged my private life - only one person can judge your private life and I think that is God.''

The 51-year-old Chelsea boss, who won the domestic double in his first season in charge, also maintained he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge for many years to come.

"I don't know when I will finish my career,'' he said. "When I started my career in 1995 I said five years is enough so my idea was to close my career in 2000. Now it is 2010 and I have to say I love this job, I'd love to stay here at Chelsea and I would like to stay here.

"I would be happy to stay as long as (Sir Alex) Ferguson at Manchester United.''


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