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Ancelotti admits Champions League failure has put him in trouble

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London, Mar. 17 (ANI): While Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti admits coming under immense pressure following the Champions League failure, he believes that the defeat would act as a motivational factor for his team to win the Premier League title.

"It's normal that a manager is going to come under pressure if he loses a few matches. We'll have more pressure on the next few games but we must be strong and have good control of our emotions. Maybe this defeat could be a very good motivation for the next few games," The Sun quoted Ancelotti, as saying.

Ancelotti saw his team crash out of Europe to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan on Tuesday. It was the first time the club has failed to reach the quarter-finals in four years.

But the Italian Ancelotti refused to blame the referee's failure to give his side a penalty after two big shouts and admitted he must now win a major trophy.

"My regret is we didn't play as well as we did in the first leg this evening. But I've worked for a long time in this environment and I know exactly what expectations are. Now we have two important competitions. We're at the top of the list and want to win," he said.

Inter's Samuel Eto'o scored the winning goal at Stamford Bridge to complete a 3-1 victory on aggregate for the Serie A champions.

Blues striker Didier Drogba was also sent off for stamping on Thiago Motta after the Inter midfielder clearly fouled him in the area.

But Ancelotti refused to single out German referee Wolfgang Stark for not awarding Chelsea at least on spot-kick.

"I always say that if the referee doesn't whistle... so I don't want to comment on his work, on the job of the referee. I didn't see the red card incident, so I don't know what happened in the box," he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 12:41 [IST]
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