Is Ancelotti the right man for Chelsea?

June 1, 2009

As impressive as two Champions League triumphs are, Chelsea’s appointment of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti will not leave their Premier League title rivals quaking in their boots.

Ancelotti ended his reign at Milan on Sunday after eight years, following top flight stints at Parma and Juventus, all of which amounted to just one Serie A scudetto.

Some may say the Champions League is harder to win than a league, so two is a phenomenal achievement. He also won two domestic cups, two UEFA Super Cups and a World Club Cup, but Chelsea will be expected to challenge for the Premier League next season.

Outgoing temporary boss Guus Hiddink succeeded where his predecessor, Luiz Felipe Scolari could not, in giving a hint of the current Chelsea squad’s potential this season with a third place league finish, a Champions League semi-final and the FA Cup*.

The key to going a few steps further next season will be two or three key signings, including a striker.

In an attempt to put a disappointing fifth-placed finish in Serie A behind him, Ancelotti spent last summer signing the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Ronaldinho, neither of whom made much of an impact.

John Terry apparently wants Chelsea to sign Franck Ribery and David Silva. Getting players of that quality would certainly make Ancelotti’s job easier. If Chelsea are not prepared to make that type of investment in the playing staff, it’s going to be hard for the new man to make his mark.

PHOTO: AC Milan’s coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during their Italian serie A soccer match against AS Roma at San Siro stadium in Milan May 24, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

* Post updated to correct overgenerous reference to Hiddink cup exploits (see comments)


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Hiddink won a domestic cup double? He just won the FA Cup, and Manchester United got the Carling Cup.

Posted by NSider | Report as abusive

Good spot, Nsider.. first prize in post to you. Apologies.

Posted by Neil | Report as abusive

The article doesn´t mention Hiddink winning 2 cups, if you read properly you will see the writer is referin to Ancelotti.

Posted by ryanp | Report as abusive

I think Ancelotti won’t do Chelsea any harm but his lack of league winning experience might end up being a problem against United’s Fergie.

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Hi Ryan. You’re right … but it’s because I corrected the original … with a note on the bottom. Neil did mention two cups, which was wrong. All sorted now, though.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Having been at Milan so long it will be quite a culture shock for him. I can see it going the way of Scolari but if Drogba stays and continues to stick in the goals they’ll still be in the hunt for everything whther Carletto gets to grip with the place or not

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Carlo’s a great coach but he’s going to need time to adjust. If Chelsea fans are expecting instant success like the Mourinho years they are dreaming.

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Posted by kramer Assistive Guideline | Guitars Dude | Report as abusive

next year will be a disaster. im a big chelsea fan, appointing ancelotti was a big mistake, roman u are an embarasment to CHELSEA fc all u ever do is buy poor over-rated platers, we need investment. ancelotti will be just another scolari, IM NOT HAVING THAT.

Posted by sepehr | Report as abusive

chelsea really need youth player like aguero, and hope ancelotti could acquire him and other young player to replace old player. don’t be silly to think that you could could win with a player like now, need new face, that the fact that all the chelsea fan need to know. don’t be too stingy,ok?

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