Uh oh, Ancelotti’s bus has lost its wheels

2010-11-24 00:00

SO, the wheels seem to be quickly falling off the Stamford Bridge juggernaut.

No, no, scrap that. The wheels have lost all contact with the engine, and the entire lot is pulling in every other direction.

The results on the field for Chelsea are baffling to the naked eye, but when you look behind the scenes, you can understand just why three points have not been the main agenda for Carlo Ancelotti of late.

Ray Wilkins, the assistant manager, was dumped with all the grace of a Didier Drogba dive, and you can almost see the impact.

Apparently, Ancelotti himself doesn’t know how secure his job is. Well — and I could be wrong — if he keeps conceding three at home to Sunderland, his job may be as secure as the Bok coach’s own.

And we all know how well that is going.

It seems no one wants to win the Premiership outright, with at least one of the big boys stumbling every other week.

To those of us perched on our neutral armchairs, it is all well and good, but I fear that the diehard supporters are eating up their medical aid on happy pills the one week, and then on aspirin the next.

It’s no good for anyone’s health, but Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and United seem content with playing a very grown-up — and expensive — version of see-saw in the millionaire’s playground.

It was Arsenal’s turn to bite the bullet on Sunday, as they somehow turned a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 loss to the last people on earth that they would want to lose to.

If you thought Spurs fans were cock-a-hoop after beating Inter Milan, then you don’t want to see them now that they have done a job on the “Gooners” — and away from home, too.

Besides, that win over Inter was over a side tarnished by the touch of the tinkerman, Rafa Benitez.

There are those who continue to believe he is a great manager, but I am increasingly convinced that his greatest achievement is managing to con clubs into believing that he is one of Europe’s best.

The man who left Inter with a treble, the incomparable Jose Mourinho, continues to flourish in Spain. Say what you will, but the Iberian version of George Clooney still has the X-factor.

And he will need it, too.

Next on the plate in the league is “El Clasico”. Both Madrid and Barcelona are in fine form, separated by a point at the top, and scoring goals by the Christmas sack-load.

The clash between Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is enough to entice millions alone, but when you chuck in the dance-off between Messi and Ronaldo, it is almost too good to be true.

Forget the London derby, with its cheery chants and witty one-liners. “El Clasico” serves you goals, drama — and even the occasional pig’s head to visitors when they take a corner.

Best get the happy pills ready.

 

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