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Ancelotti concedes his Chelsea future doubtful after playing 'out of form' Torres

April 13, 2011 - London

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has conceded that his future at the club is beyond his control after admitting that he may have made a mistake by selecting Fernando Torres ahead of Didier Drogba during their Champions League exit at Old Trafford.

Torres is still waiting for his first Chelsea goal since his 50 million pound transfer. Drogba replaced him at half time during the Champions League 2-1 quarter-final second-leg defeat against Manchester United, The Telegraph reports.

Ancelotti's decision to start with Torres looked to have backfired with Drogba scoring in an impressive second-half performance.

Asked whether his decision to keep faith with Torres was a mistake, Ancelotti said: "Maybe. Could be, but I thought a lot of time to take this decision. I preferred to start with Fernando for this kind of game, with these kind of tactics, but Didier played very well in the second half. He did better than Torres in his 45 minutes."

"I wanted to put more pressure in front. We needed to score. Didier was fresh and could use his power in front. This was the reason I took off Fernando. We have to believe (in Torres), though. We have to wait until he improves," he added

Ancelotti, a two-time Champions League winner with AC Milan, admitted he cannot be certain whether he will remain as Chelsea manager long enough to see Torres finally justify his transfer fee.

Dismissing Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he 'had to play' Torres from the start in the game, Ancelotti said: "This is not true. I put Fernando in because he has skills and ability that could be good for us."


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