Carlo Ancelotti: Chelsea momentum is key for Manchester United clash

Blues boss believes match comes at perfect time for his side to take control of the title race, and admits drop in form would make retaining the league "really strange"
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is convinced the momentum his side have built up over the past few weeks puts them in the perfect position to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford this Sunday.

The Blues’ victory over Tottenham, coupled with United’s defeat at Arsenal this weekend, means the two sides are separated by just three points going into Sunday’s crunch clash, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men knowing three wins from their last three games will likely see them retain their Premier League title.

Both sides are under enormous pressure to win in what many now consider to be a title decider this weekend. When questioned by reporters as to what would be the key to victory at Old Trafford, the 51-year-old Italian replied: "The moment.

"You need to use character and personality to play this match. Both teams have that, but it is the momentum."

Chelsea’s win over Spurs on Saturday had more than an element of luck to it, with Frank Lampard’s equalizer incorrectly judged to have crossed the line and Salomon Kalou’s winner coming from a marginally offside position, and even Ancelotti admitted his side had been fortunate.

But regardless of how the results have come, the Blues boss believes the belief which has reinvigorated his side’s title challenge means they are perfectly capable of matching United in Sunday’s game, although he readily admits the task will be difficult.

He added: "It is the best moment to play there because now our condition is good and the momentum is also. But obviously it will not be easy to play there.

"I don't think we are better [than United]. I think we have the same power, the same strength, the same ability."

If Chelsea do go on to win the title it will almost certainly be ranked the most astonishing comeback of the Premier League era, considering the Blues looked to have blown their chances with a wretched run which saw them win just five games out of 16 between early November and mid-February.

Even Ancelotti could not conceal his bemusement when considering the prospect, and believes such an outcome would have to be put down to the unpredictability of football.

"Football is strange," he said. "If it happens, it will be really strange."

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