Carlo happy with performance
Carlo Ancelotti bemoaned Chelsea's result at Birmingham but not the performance as his side were held to a goalless draw.
Last Updated: 27/12/09 9:19am
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti bemoaned the result at St Andrews but not the performance as his side were held to a goalless draw by Birmingham.
The Premier League leaders enjoyed the better of the play, but it was far from one-way traffic as Birmingham also had chances to win the game.
Ancelotti admits he was looking for victory at St Andrews and he was pleased with the display from his side, if not the result.
"It's not a good result for us considering what we did on the pitch because Chelsea played well, had a lot of chances, had a lot of heart and the keeper for Birmingham made some fantastic saves," said Ancelotti.
"We are disappointed with the result but not with the team. We improved after the game against West Ham and Chelsea did our best for this moment.
"It is not our best moment because it is not good for us to draw.
"But I don't see a big problem, I think we have some problems because we have two very good players out, Anelka and [Michael] Essien, and always we play good football, even today we played good football.
"Our aim is to win the title, we are in the top of the league at this moment and this is good for us.
"We do a good job, we work hard and we can win. It is not possible to win the title in December, you have to win it in May and we have to be ready in May."
Ivory Coast boost
Ancelotti did confirm that Chelsea have received a boost from Ivory Coast, who have agreed to allow Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou to remain with them until after their match with Fulham on Monday.
Drogba and Kalou were both set to miss the King's Road derby clash next week as they were due to link up with their country ahead of next month's African Cup of Nations - but Ivory Coast have now agreed to Chelsea's request for the pair to play on Monday.
"We asked the national team and the coach agreed with us," confirmed Ancelotti.
"Nicolas Anelka cannot play against Fulham; he will play the first game in the New Year."