Ancelotti: No problem with Chelsea return

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he would return to Stamford Bridge to replace Jose Mourinho, although he expects the under-fire tactician to keep his job.

The Portuguese boss is under intense pressure in west London after their latest defeat (their seventh of the season and third in a row) left the Blues 16th in the Premier League standings.

Their unprecedentedly poor start to the campaign has led many to believe that Mourinho's departure is imminent, and could be accelerated by the Italian's interest in a return to English football.

"I would have no problem with Chelsea," the former Real Madrid boss told the Daily Mail. "But Jose won't be sacked. They already choose to keep him, and I think they made a good choice.

"Sometimes you can't explain why things happen… what is going wrong. It is a mystery. I look from a distance at Chelsea and I think they won the title easily last year and I don't think they are so motivated this year.

"It's true that the manager has to be able to motivate players but the manager cannot motivate a player if the player is not self-motivated. It's impossible. They have lost something and it's difficult to change like a switch. You have to work slowly to change.

"But Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world, no doubt. I look at his body language and he's OK. He is not so worried. He has confidence. During the Dynamo Kiev game the supporters were singing his name. He'll sort it out."

Nevertheless, after spells as manager of PSG and Real Madrid since leaving the Bridge, Ancelotti admits that he would like to manage in the Premier League again.

"I would like to come back to work in England," he added. "I love the football here, I still have a house in London, and I would like to be with a team that is competitive in England and in Europe."

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