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Chelsea 3-4 Newcastle

Although Chelsea was concerned about their loss to Newcastle, resulting in their Carling Cup exit at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti’s main concern was the injuries to Gael Kakuta, Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou during the match.

Kakuta was replaced at half-time after a tackle by Ryan Taylor left him suffering with a back problem. Kalou sustained a thigh injury, while Benayoun suffered a calf injury.

”I am disappointed with the result but happy with the performance. We had a fantastic reaction when down 3-1 and it was 10 against 11. There was good spirit and personality from the young players. The game was very difficult but at the end we are happy for the performance of our players.

”The Carling Cup is not our priority. We have a very big game this weekend. We wanted to give opportunity to our young players to improve their skills and rest some of first team players. I am not so disappointed”, said Ancelotti.

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