ANCELOTTI: MORE OF THE SAME

Posted on: Fri 30 Oct 2009

Carlo Ancelotti is expecting a very different Bolton Wanderers challenge to the one faced on Wednesday, but will be disappointed if it is a different Chelsea as well.

That's a different Chelsea in terms of tactics and performance level, because the manager has confirmed that in team selection, he will make changes.

Back in come John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech.

Still unavailable are Ashley Cole, Jose Bosingwa, Yuri Zhirkov and John Mikel Obi. Hilario will not travel to the north-west either as he recovers from the blow to the head he suffered in the Carling Cup.

Salomon Kalou, who was taken off as a precaution midweek and Branislav Ivanovic who has a hamstring concern, will be assessed after Friday afternoon's training session.

'Bolton will want to change something with respect to Wednesday,' Ancelotti says.

'We don't want to change anything because we played well, we stayed compact all the 90 minutes and against Bolton, that is very important.

'We want to play the same - paying attention to their quality and putting the best of our quality on the pitch.'

Ancelotti is fully expecting Kevin Davies to return to the Bolton attack and that means an increased threat from set-pieces. Chelsea will be under scrutiny in that area of the game after defeats at Wigan and Aston Villa.

The fact that dead-ball situations were behind his team's downfall on those away days means the manager is not tempted to change formation.

'We want to maintain the same this season. I have said before that for this season we will follow this way. Those last matches away were not good for us, but I don't want to change as this system is good for us at home and away.

'We know this game is important as it is the league game before we play Manchester United.'

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