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Chelsea boss Ancelotti backing Ballack over Arsenal rap

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti had no problem with Michael Ballack's comments about Arsenal after Sunday's win.

The defeat left the Gunners nine points off the Barclays Premier League leaders and, while Arsene Wenger congratulated Chelsea on their efficiency, he also claimed "we didn't get a demonstration of football".

Ballack responded by taunting Arsenal's inability to win big matches and to vary their tactics, declaring: "It is always the same style. If you play tactics like we did, you can beat them."

But Ancelotti said: "Ballack explained his position about the game.

"Ballack said good things and we prepared very well and we did what we wanted on the pitch and nothing else.

"I heard what Wenger said about our performance on the pitch but we did the same as Arsenal.

"We had a very good performance. Usually we are in control of the game with possession but it's difficult to keep control of the game without possession, so tactically we did very well."

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