Carlo Ancelotti in dark over Chelsea future ahead of 'last' home game

Carlo Ancelotti today refused to contemplate the prospect of Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle being his final home game at the club.

Ancelotti appears set to be sacked at the end of the season after overseeing the worst campaign at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich's takeover.

The Blues boss could be forgiven for saying his goodbyes to Chelsea's supporters this weekend but he said this afternoon: "I don't want to think about it being my last (home) game.

"I am focused to put the best team out, to win, to say thanks to our fans.

"They gave us fantastic support and it's not been an easy season for them.

"It doesn't matter if it's the last or not. We have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season."

He added: "I don't know what is going to happen about my future, but I'm not nervous. I'm quiet. I'm calm.

"I hope to stay - I've said a lot of times - but if something's changed, I will find another solution without problem."

Despite Chelsea being on the brink of only their third trophyless season of the Abramovich era, Ancelotti appears to have retained the backing of the majority of the club's supporters.

He said: "For me, it's fantastic.

"To think they appreciate my job and are close to me, continue to say this, it's a good step and aim that I was able to reach in this year."

Chelsea's players have also repeatedly come out in support of Ancelotti.

The Italian's sacking would mean the club would be looking for their seventh manager in eight years, the sort of instability that could do more harm than good.

Yet, Ancelotti said: "I think that I have a very good relationship with the players.

"But I don't think it would be a problem for next season if I'm not here. I hope, obviously, to stay here. But there may be another coach and they'll have the same relationship.

"We're speaking about very professional players, players with a lot of experience.

"Every coach who was here in the past had a good relationship with the players. They gave, all the time, their best."

Sunday's defeat at Manchester United means Chelsea could kick off on Sunday having seen Sir Alex Ferguson's men claim the title 24 hours earlier.

Motivation might therefore be a problem against Newcastle but Ancelotti said: "Our aim is to reach second place.

"This is the motivation for the players - to play a good game, have a reaction after the bad game we had against United.

"It's not been an easy week because we lost something.

"Before the game against United, everything was okay. Now our aims have changed.

"But second place is important. We have to do our best to reach this position in the table."

With the pressure to win the title now off, Ancelotti can afford to experiment somewhat on Sunday.

He revealed Fernando Torres would start against Newcastle, adding: "I want to make some changes, but not a lot."

But he refused to confirm whether David Luiz would pay the price for his blunder at Old Trafford that gifted United the lead after just 36 seconds.

He added: "I think that he was not responsible for the defeat.

"It was a collective mistake, not individual.

"I was a little bit angry against him, but he doesn't have to be afraid about this. He is a fantastic player.

"The defender has to stay focused for 90 minutes, from the beginning to the end.

"He is very young. He has to improve on his focus."

Ancelotti also rubbished reports of a bust-up with right-back Jose Bosingwa, who will miss the final two games of the season with a knee injury.

"I read that Bosingwa had an argument with me - he didn't have an argument," he added.

"I didn't keep him out of the squad because he made a mistake against United (in the Champions League).

"If he was not involved in the game, it was just for his behaviour, not his mistake."

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