Ancelotti: Destiny in our hands

Carlo Ancelotti claims Chelsea's Premier League title destiny is now firmly in their own hands following Sunday's 7-0 demolition of Stoke City.

A hat-trick by Salomon Kalou and a Frank Lampard brace were followed up by late efforts from Florent Malouda and Daniel Sturridge as the Blues moved back to the top of the table.

Any suggestion that Manchester United's victory over Tottenham on Saturday which sent them to the summit could affect Chelsea was silenced when Kalou began the rout midway through the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Afterwards Ancelotti confidently declared that his players have removed any pressure from the tightening title race, where they stand one point ahead of United with two games remaining in the season.

"There was a bit of pressure on us before the game but we gave a fantastic performance," he said.

"I don't feel any pressure now. I am calm and quiet because the title is in our hands. We can decide our destiny.

"It's ours to lose. But that's a good thing. To have a title in our own hands is a good thing."

Chelsea are favourites to defeat Liverpool in next weekend's penultimate round of fixtures and Ancelotti is hoping for more of the same at Anfield.

He added:"We have scored a lot of goals this season – 93 in the Premier League now – and that's a very good record for us.

"This is our philosophy. We want to attack and to use the quality of my players. With this ability you have to score.

"But I would have preferred to keep two or three goals for next week. I forgot to tell my players this!

"It will be very difficult at Liverpool. They are a fantastic team still going for fourth place."

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