Carlo Ancelotti believes that Chelsea must win their game in hand against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Wednesday if they are serious about denying United an unprecedented fourth successive league title. Arsenal are two points behind the champions in second place.
Rafael Benítez's dislike of Sir Alex Ferguson manifested itself again last night as the Liverpool manager responded to another damaging setback to his side's aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League by demonstrating more bitterness towards the man who has become his nemesis in English football.
Benítez was aggrieved by the penalty that set Manchester United on the way to a 2-1 win, accusing Antonio Valencia of diving, and he referred to his previous accusations that Ferguson placed referees under pressure. "We know about the influence of Sir Alex in everything," he said. "I've seen three replays [from different angles] and the last one was suspicious. See the replay for yourself and how he fell to the ground." Asked whether he was saying it was a dive, he replied: "Yes, I think so. There is contact but the way he fell down – it was strange."
So Chelsea had a bad week and Liverpool had a bad week, what a shame!