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Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea play their game in hand on Arsenal & Man Utd when they travel to Portsmouth this Wednesday – 19:45

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident he will “definitely” still be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season even if he fails to win the Premier League title.

A run of mediocre results which has seen the club knocked out of the Champions League and toppled form the top of the Premier League has cast doubt on the Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge.

But Ancelotti is confident that even if Chelsea end the season empty-handed, he will still be in charge next year.

“First of all I believe that we will do well this year,” he told Italian newspaper La Stampa. “However, my future will definitely be at Chelsea next year, independent of results.”

Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn leaves Chelsea four points behind leaders Manchester United and two behind Arsenal, though with a game in hand. Ancelotti admits his side are struggling at the moment but has refused to blame injuries for their poor form.

“They are two points lost especially looking at how the game went,” he said. “We are going through a tricky period, between injuries and cup disappointment. But we’re still fighting on two fronts.

“The period we’re going through is independent of injuries. They have a bit of a bearing on it, but we had many absences in January as well during the African Nations Cup. All the clubs have had injuries, it can’t be an excuse.”

However, Ancelotti does not believe spending money is necessary to succeed at the highest level.

“It’s not a given that the more you spend the more you win,” said Ancelotti. “We have a good squad which will be slightly changed next year.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea play their game in hand on Arsenal & Man Utd when they travel to Portsmouth this Wednesday – 19:45

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