Ancelotti: Terry firmly focused
Carlo Ancelotti insists John Terry will not let his shattered relationship with Wayne Bridge affect his performance when Chelsea meet Manchester City at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
All the focus has been on whether the two would shake hands before the match following allegations Terry had an affair with his former team-mate's ex-girlfriend.
Ancelotti also insisted he was not concerned about Terry's form, even though he was blamed for Inter Milan's opening goal as he produced a below-par display in Wednesday's Champions League defeat.
He said: "He is doing good performances. I don't see that his condition went down. I think he's doing a good job for the team."
Ancelotti was more interested in talking about how Chelsea could bounce back from their UEFA Champions League first leg defeat and go four points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League once more in tomorrow's 12:45 GMT kick-off.
"We were disappointed because it was not a good result (against Inter)," he said. "But I think other things were very good. We showed good mentality, very good personality and I think we have a good chance to win at Stamford Bridge.
"We also want to go four points clear of Manchester United. We know tomorrow will be a difficult game because the last game against Manchester City we lost."
The match throws Ancelotti into battle once more with City manager Roberto Mancini, his former rival at the San Siro when Ancelotti managed AC Milan and Mancini Inter.
Despite City being knocked out of the FA Cup in midweek, Ancelotti said: "He has done a good job and I hope he will do the best for Manchester City. He is a very good coach."
Hilario comes in for goalkeeper Petr Cech, who tore calf a calf muscle against Inter in midweek. Florent Malouda is expected to fill the problem left-back spot in Ashley Cole's continued absence with a broken ankle.
Ancelotti stressed he has every confidence in his second-choice goalkeeper. He said: "Hilario hasn't played a lot of games this season but when he played he played very well. He played with confidence and so I am very calm."