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Chelsea set to ignore Terry storm

sports Updated: Feb 06, 2010 23:37 IST

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Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea can shrug off the controversy surrounding captain John Terry by delivering a knock-out blow to title rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

The Italian made it clear the centreback has been able to cope admirably with everything thrown at him and he expects more of the same against the Gunners.

The eyes of the football world will be on Terry's every move if he does lead Chelsea out for a crucial London derby that has significant implications for both teams.

Chelsea will have lost first place by kick-off on Sunday if Manchester United defeat Portsmouth 24 hours earlier, but a win would regain pole position and leave Arsenal nine points behind the leaders.

The Blues boss knows a respeat of Chelsea’s 3-0 demolition of the Gunners at the Emirates in November would all but end Arsenal’s challenge and he plans to use the same tactics. Ancelotti told the players to crowd out Arsenal’s creative midfielders before attacking on the break and his plan worked a treat.