ANCELOTTI: TRUST IN HILARIO

Posted on: Fri 06 Aug 2010

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Hilario will start in goal against Manchester United on Sunday, in an otherwise unchanged side that began against Hamburg.

That means Branislav Ivanovic joins John Terry in the centre of defence with Paulo Ferreira at right-back and Ashley Cole on the left, Michael Essien and Frank Lampard flanking John Mikel Obi in midfield, and Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda in attack.

'It will be the same team, I have to choose the goalkeeper but I think that Hilario will start,' the manager reported. 'The other players will be the same as the game against Hamburg.

'Available to play is Sturridge, Drogba will start from the bench, and Alex, Cech and Bosingwa are out for this game.

'I think that the players that came back [from the World Cup] are not fit 100 per cent but they need to play so for this reason the Portuguese players and the English players are able to play and I will put them on the pitch on Sunday.

'We have Cech injured, we have Hilario and Turnbull and we want to have trust in these players. They did a mistake in the last games, we are unhappy for this, but we maintain trust because in the next game has to play Hilario, who has had good matches, and we have trust in him.'

As for Sunday's Community Shield tie, Ancelotti was keen to stress that he wants to win the game and set down a marker for the season.

'I think that for both teams it is an important game, because it is a very important check for the season and we want to look how our condition is, and also because against Manchester United is never an easy game,' he explained.

'We want to do our best - Manchester United could be the most important opponent this season, like they were last season.

'For this I think that we need to come back to win because we lost too many games, friendly games, but we are not happy to lose. We have to come back to win and start well.'

Asked to discuss the possible transfer of Benfica midfielder Ramires, Ancelotti explained that no deal has been done.

'I don't want to speak about Ramires, when he signs a contract for Chelsea he will sign and I will speak about him. This is the same for the other players, I read a lot of names in the newspapers that are not true.

'Above all today we don't want to speak about this player because Sunday we have a very important game and we want to stay focused on this.

'After a fantastic season it was very difficult to change this squad. We were totally agreed to maintain the squad and put into the squad some young players from our academy. We want to maintain this after a fantastic season, and we could repeat it this year with these players.'