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Ancelotti: Baggies thrashing ‘nothing special’

By | 15th August 2010

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has urged his players to continue playing the way they did throughout their dominance of West Bromwich Albion yesterday because the Italian only views the result as the restoration of normal order.

Ancelotti maintained his composure throughout his team’s bumpy pre-season ride, which ended with a four-game losing streak when they lost the Community Shield to Manchester United merely a week ago at Wembley.

Yesterday, his players rewarded their manager’s strong faith in their abilities by emphatically crushing the visiting Baggies 6-0 in their Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick to become the sixth highest goal-scorer in the Blues’ history while Florent Malouda added a brace and Frank Lampard, as expected, also made an appearance on the score sheet.

After the full-time whistle was blown, Ancelotti praised his men for a confident beginning to their title defense and insisted that the pre-season struggles are well behind the West Londoners.

“We played a good game, we showed good football, scored a lot of goals and there are a lot of good things to come from this game,” he told the club’s official website.

He added: “We started the first half well, kept a high tempo on the pitch, but it wasn’t our game until the second goal. Then it was easier for us because there was more space up front and we had a lot of possibility to score.

“We knew we had a problem [in pre-season]. We decided to give our players who played in the World Cup another six days of holiday. It was necessary for them to have a full recovery and we knew the first game of the pre-season we couldn’t play them.

“Now the squad is complete. Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry can still improve their condition. In two weeks they will be 100 per cent.”

Despite humbling his compatriot Roberto Di Matteo’s West Brom side rather comfortably, Ancelotti emphasized the importance of staying focused by stating that his side did nothing more than fulfilling the requirement of the situation.

“We did our job, nothing special. This team can show this kind of play, can score a lot of goals and this is our job,” concluded the former AC Milan boss.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Di Matteo paid a tribute to last season’s domestic double winners by expressing relief at the idea that this was the Baggies’ only visit to the Bridge.

“Playing the champions away for the first game of the season, you know it is going to be a tough game. There aren’t many teams who come away winners from Stamford Bridge,” said 40-year old.

He added: “You can see why they are champions; they are strong in every department. They are very good and it is very difficult to play against them. Now we have to learn very quickly and we have to improve very quickly as well. On the upside we won’t be playing Chelsea every week!”

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