No European respite for Ancelotti as pressure increases

On the face of it a narrow 1-0 defeat to Marseille in a meaningless Champions League group game is not the sort of result that brings pressure on a manager.

But despite those following the Live match score last night being aware that Chelsea have progressed as group winners, the defeat against the Ligue 1 outfit was the London club’s fourth defeat in eight – with a sole win against lowly MSK Zilna coming in that period.

In that time the club have sacrificed their place at the top of the table and currently lie in third place.

With Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United to come in the next few weeks the pressure is on Ancelotti to get the club back to winning ways.

The former Milan boss has pledged to fight on, insisting he is the right man to turn the club around.

But having gone through six managers in three year’s Ancelotti must know that owner Roman Abramovich has an itchy trigger finger. If the poor form continues into the New Year the former Milan boss knows the axe could be looming.

Admittedly injuries haven’t helped the cause, with key duo Frank Lampard and John Terry missing several games in recent weeks.

However, Terry made his comeback against Everton last weekend while Lampard could feature against Spurs on Sunday. It is certainly a game to keep an eye out for when following the football live scores this weekend.

Ancelotti must hope they will inspire a turnaround and quick, otherwise he could join the likes of Avram Grant, Luis Philipe Scolari and recently departed assistant Ray Wilkins on the Stamford Bridge scrapheap.

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