Blues boss cannot believe they are 12 points behind Ferguson's side
Carlo Ancelotti cannot believe Chelsea are 12 points behind Manchester United after they came from behind to beat the Premier League leaders 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, but conceded that the gap at the top is too much for his side to overturn.
The Blues' boss is convinced that only United’s greater consistency separates the two teams.
“I cannot believe it is 12 points,” said Ancelotti. “We have to be honest – this is the table. We have to respect this. Man United have played more consistently than us. It is simple.
“We are too far from Man United to win the league. Also, they are a very good team, a strong team. We have to stay focused on our own team.
"This victory is important for us and our confidence but we are not able to arrive at the top in this moment.”
Ancelotti was impressed with the manner in which his players responded to conceding a first half goal from Wayne Rooney and being under the cosh before the break.
“Our comeback was very good,” he said. “It was a very difficult game against a fantastic team but we won, which was important for us.
“United showed fantastic quality in the first half and played fantastic counter-attack. We started well in the first minutes but in the middle of the first half had difficulty to close their space. We needed to put on more pressure.
“In the second half it was better and we were able to play with more intensity. We used our strength in the middle of the pitch and had good balance.
“The team tonight showed good team spirit. We never had a problem with the unity of the players, they always stay together. It is always the same.”
David Luiz was at the centre of the action in his first full game at Stamford Bridge, scoring a superbly executed volley for the equaliser but was extremely fortunate to avoid a red card following a series of body-checks on the United players.
“It was a very good performance,” said Ancelotti of the Brazilian, who was subbed with 10 minutes seemingly for his own protection. “He confirmed the good impression he made against Fulham and scored a very important goal.”
By contrast, Chelsea’s other high profile January signing, Fernando Torres failed to break his four-game duck.
“We don’t have to compare,” said Ancelotti. “Torres didn’t score but I don’t ask my striker to score – I ask him to play for the team.
“We have to look at different things about this performance. He played well, worked hard for the team, tried to put pressure on defenders. You have to ask him if [not scoring] affects him but I do not think it affects him because I don’t ask him to score.”