Carlo Ancelotti has today confirmed that he had a two-hour meeting with Roman Abramovich to sort out Chelsea’s problems, on and off the field. The Italian was given reassurances that his job is secure, and more importantly that he will be given full license to dip into the transfer market in January.
Ambramovich is reported to have acknowledged the difficult circumstances which Ancelotti has been working under recently, with the Telegraph quoting the Chelsea boss as saying he was assured of the owner’s “total support.”
“He understands very well the problems: the injuries, and that we played good football but didn’t win, which affected our confidence”… “When I say I have total support, it means he’s very close to me at this moment. For this reason, our relationship is very good it’s very important to have the support of the club and the players when moments aren’t good. You have to have trust with each other. He’s been closer to us in this period compared to the other moments.”
So, they’ve kissed and made up, and their relationship is stronger than ever. Now what?
Well, now the club simply has to take full advantage of the January transfer window. The squad needs strengthening, yet perhaps more importantly, the club needs to send out a real signal of intent. Recent results and the financial muscle of Manchester City have lead to something of a loss of profile for Chelsea, and if they really have sorted themselves out off the field now, they need to address their problems on it.
“If we need to improve our squad in January, we’ll be able to do this,” Ancelotti explained. “We spoke about the situation of the team and the owner is available to do something in January.”
And who can we expect to see being courted next month? A defender is a must, and Benfica’s David Luiz is the likely target, although an asking price of £33m may prove to be a sticking point.
Yet just as important for both manager and owner is a marquee signing, and this will likely see Chelsea moving for Real Madrid’s Kaka, AC Milan’s Pato, or long-term target Sergio Aguero of Athletico Madrid.
So, Chelsea fans: confident..?