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Chelsea’s obsession will cost them tonight’s tie at Old Trafford

| 12.04.2011

In a roundabout way Sir Alex Ferguson was sympathising with Chelsea last night when he suggested they were “obsessed” with the Champions League.

Chelsea are 23/10 to beat Manchester United and 5/2 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League tonight, but Abramovich’s desperation to win the Champions League means Carlo Ancelotti is yet to find his best team and that will cost them the tie.

He was out of form before the arrival of Fernando Torres but Didier Drogba has looked a shadow of his former self since, and while Ancelotti persists with the Drogba/Torres combination, Nicolas Anelka continues to spend more time on the bench.

Anelka is Chelsea’s top scorer this season and is their top scorer in the Champions League, but it remains to be seen who Ancelotti will look to spearhead Chelsea’s attack tonight.

Based on the Champions League odds, Drogba and Torres will start as they are both 7/1 to get the first goal with Anelka available at 8/1 – the same price as Michael Owen.

It took Ferguson 13 years before he realised his dreams of winning a European trophy with Manchester United and the Scot admitted it became a burden.

“If you are obsessed with winning the European Cup you are stretching yourself a bit, but I can understand it,” Ferguson said.

“But I can understand it because I had the obsession myself for quite a while.

“When we did it in Barcelona it was the greatest feeling of all time and it took the monkey off my back.”

Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference that his future as Chelsea manager has already been decided and while many took that to mean he will stay around for another year, it seems Ancelotti will depart at the end of the season.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.