Ancelotti laughs off Guardiola rumours

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Carlo Ancelotti has laughed off speculation suggesting his time at Chelsea is coming to an end and that current Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is being lined up to replace him.

Speculation over the weekend claimed that Blues owner Roman Abramovich had identified Guardiola as the former AC Milan boss' successor.

But speaking after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, a result that knocked Chelsea off the top of the table, Ancelotti said:"I have heard of Pep Guardiola, to be frank.

"But you don't have to ask me – the coach is always the last to know. Don't ask me. We focus on our training and our matches."

Of his side's display at St James' Park, Ancelotti added:"I'm happy with the performance. We didn't start so well and conceded too easily and, for this reason, our game was more difficult.

"But the reaction was good and by the end of the first half, we had total control. We created a lot of chances, but needed to convert more to win the game.

"The reason for this result is the same – at the moment, we are unable to convert our chances."

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