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It’s your title now, Fergie tells Chelsea


From Back Page second goal and there is no player near him. In a game of this magnitude you need quality officiatin­g. We didn’t get that today, I’m afraid. It was a poor, poor performanc­e.

‘It’s happened to us twice. We had it at Stamford Bridge and we’ve been on the wrong end of them this season. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t but the quality of officials causes it.’

United now face the prospect of their season imploding in the next few days with Bayern Munich arriving at Old Trafford on Wednesday defending a 2-1 lead in their Champions League quarterfin­al. Ferguson said: ‘We have to lift the players. It’s such an important European tie with the chance to qualify for the Champions League semi-final and go on to a final in Madrid, so that should be incentive enough.’

Carlo Ancelotti believes United’s exertions in Germany gave Chelsea a huge edge yesterday. They had a midweek off having gone out of the Champions League against Inter Milan in the previous round and the Blues manager said: ‘We trained very well because we didn’t have a Champions League match. You lose a lot of energy. We are favourites, but must keep our focus. We are happy but nothing is decided.’

While United were left to lament the absence of Rooney, Ancelotti was able to leave top-scorer Drogba on the bench. Ancelotti explained: ‘It was not important for him to start the game. He didn’t train all week. I was a player, I know he wanted to start. But for Chelsea it was not important. Yes he scored but also he helped the team by fighting for those long balls.’

Drogba, whose goal was his 31st of the season, agreed. ‘I think it was a good decision,’ he said.

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FOCUSED: Carlo Ancelotti

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