Carlo Ancelotti plays down Carling Cup exit


Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti stated that he was not too disappointed, despite seeing his side lose 4-3 at home to Newcastle United in the third round of the Carling Cup.

The Blues fought back from 3-1 down to draw level three minutes from time, before Shola Ameobi headed home a last-gasp winner for the Magpies.

Ancelotti told his club’s official website:“I am disappointed for the result, this is normal, but I am happy for the performance, absolutely happy.

“We had a fantastic reaction when we went down 3-1, playing ten against 11. We showed good spirit, good personality, especially from the young players and this is good for us.

“This was a competition for the young players, they needed to have experience and they had a fantastic experience tonight.

“It was very difficult, but at the end we can say that we are happy with the performance of our players and that’s it.

“This is not our priority, we have a very important game on the weekend and I wanted to rest some players.

“I want to judge the match, not my players. We did our best. We are disappointed with the result obviously. We conceded four goals, but the performance was good.”

The game also saw Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun suffer injuries which are likely to keep them out of action for at least a couple of weeks.

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