Ancelotti battling to keep hold of Chelsea job
The Mirror says the pressure on the Italian was mounting as he prepared for the three week spell that will define his reign.
Senior figures close to Roman Abramovich were last night pointing fingers at Ancelotti, rather than his players, for the run of just five wins in their last 11 games in all competitions and 10 points dropped out of the past 21.
It means Ancelotti's future is on the line unless he can conjure a winning run over the next five games, starting at Portsmouth tomorrow and including the Easter Saturday visit to Old Trafford and the FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa.
Members of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are concerned that the series of lacklustre and limited displays of recent weeks has now become a trend rather than isolated events.