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Ancelotti warns Chelsea against title complacency

sports Updated: Oct 24, 2010 17:13 IST

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Carlo Ancelotti warned Chelsea against complacency after his side maintained their impressive start to their defence of the Premier League title.

Ancelotti saw his side move five points clear at the top of the table as goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou sealed a 2-0 win over struggling Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The victory extended Chelsea's 100 per cent home record and, with their main rivals already showing a capacity to drop points during the opening weeks of the season, Chelsea's standing as favourites to retain the title has strengthened.

But Manchester City could close the gap to two points with a win over Arsenal on Sunday and Ancelotti insists it is too early to start predicting the outcome of the title race.

"Our position is good," Ancelotti said. "We took a very good result, we are in a very good position.

"It was a difficult week because we had to travel to Moscow so I think we were not 100 per cent. It was an important result and it's important to win when you are not 100 per cent.

And referring to the current standings, he added: "This is a good advantage but it's too early to say we have enough points.

"We are in a good position, we started well and we have to continue, but nothing more. The difficult moment will arrive and we have to be ready."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, however, has no doubt that Chelsea have already proved themselves to be the outstanding team in the Premier League.

The visitors had opportunities to score before Malouda put Chelsea ahead and then could have equalised prior to Kalou clinching the points nine minutes from time.

But McCarthy said: "I think they are the best team in the league. They've got loads of ability, loads of pace, one of the best keepers in the league, they're tough, they're clever.

"Some of the passes they make, they are looking one way and stick it the other way into the path of a runner. They trust people with the ball. They're a fantastic team."

Chelsea were boosted by the return of full back Jose Bosingwa to the starting line-up for the first time in 13 months.

The Portuguese defender has endured a long and arduous recovery from a serious knee injury but his performance against Wolves offered promise for the future.

Ancelotti believes Bosingwa will be a welcome addition to his squad as Chelsea attempt to build on last season's success.

And Ancelotti said: "He played very well. I think Bosingwa was one of the best players on the pitch.

"He put a lot of pressure on the ball, he pushed up the pitch and he had a lot of opportunities to score."

"He played very well and he is an important player in the future because we can use his speed and his ability in the future."

"It's very difficult but he took the right time to recover, he was comfortable and he was excited to play and this is very good news for us."

McCarthy also welcomed the return to fitness of Stephen Hunt who is just making his way in the Wolves line up following his move from Hull.

Hunt appeared as a second half substitute and had an immediate impact, despite getting jeered by the home supporters who blame the player for his role in the incident that led to Chelsea keeper Petr Cech suffering a fractured skull four years ago.

McCarthy is confident Hunt can help his side move away from the bottom three and said: "We know what Hunty's about. He'll be great for us when he is fully fit. He wouldn't have lasted 90 minutes but he was great for 45.

"He wasn't nervous. I think he would have been upset with me if I hadn't put him on the bench. I think he relishes that kind of thing. That's no trouble to him." militants). That is not our mandate. But we have said we will talk to everyone who wishes to talk to us. So why leave anyone out," he said.