Ancelotti stands by sacked England skipper Terry

Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea captain John Terry has the full backing of the Stamford Bridge dressing room despite revelations about his private life.
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Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea captain John Terry has the full backing of the Stamford Bridge dressing room despite revelations about his private life.

Terry was sacked as captain of the national side after a meeting with England manager Fabio Capello on Friday, but Ancelotti insisted the player has remained totally professional throughout a difficult week.

Asked if he still had the backing of the players, Ancelotti replied: "I think so.

"John speaks with his team-mates because he's the captain of this team.

"He is focusing on his job. He's doing very well every day, every moment. He's the captain of this team so, with his behaviour, he's doing his best for this team.

"And also he played very well in the last two games. He scored against Burnley. He's in fantastic condition at the moment.

"The problem that involves John is outside our training ground and it's a normal life for us. John's mood is very normal.

"I have not spoken to him. It's not necessary for me to speak to him about his private life.

"It's his private life and I don't want to know anything about this. I'm only interested in his professional behaviour and that is the best.

"I'm not interested in the private lives of the players. In the past some coaches phoned home to control their players, but I never did this in my career and I won't in the future.

"I'm only interested in the players at the training ground and to control behaviour at the training ground. Private lives are an important thing - they should remain private."

 
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