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Carlo Ancelotti Plans to Eat Salami For Good Luck in the New Year

Carlo Ancelotti

Happy New Year!

Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti was asked what he plans to do tonight to celebrate New Years Eve.

‘First dinner, at 12 o’clock a drink to celebrate the new year and at five minutes past, sleep. The Italian tradition is we eat cooked salami at midnight. Eating a little piece means you will earn money in the next year. It is a lucky tradition and I need to eat a little piece. For me the luck means win a trophy in the next year.’

Carlo Ancelotti has decided who will replace suspended Branislav Ivanovic in central defence against Aston Villa.

Ancelotti said he has chosen nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Bruma.

‘It is the time that we can use Bruma,’ Ancelotti confirmed.

‘He is a young player who is a very good defender. He has a lot of ability, he has played some games and in this time he is improving. He works very closely with John Terry, Ivanovic and Alex and it is the time to put him in. I am sure that he will do his best.’

Sunday’s match will be the Dutch defender’s first start in the Barclays Premier League. He has begun one match in the Champions League and one in the Carling Cup and made six appearances as a sub.

‘For Bruma it will be fantastic support to have Terry alongside,’ noted Ancelotti, ‘but he trained very well, he knows how he has to move but with John Terry it will be easier to move.’

‘The last two weeks when we were able to train was very good and the players rested very well from the games,’ said Ancelotti.

‘We have to beat Aston Villa because we have to confirm the performance in the second half against Bolton. Obviously we have to improve our place in the table and we are not sure everything is okay now, we have to confirm this with a good performance to start the new year with confidence.

‘Aston Villa are in trouble now and we have to pay a lot of attention because every game for them will be important. They can use maybe the game against us to move on and for this reason we have to pay attention because they will use a lot of energy for this game.’

‘On set pieces this season we have done well. We scored from a set piece against Arsenal, we didn’t score maybe from corners but the most important thing is we didn’t concede a league goal from set pieces and defensively we did very well. Last season in the first matches we conceded a lot of goals and now we are more in focus. Also now Frank Lampard is back and he is very good at taking corners and maybe we can have more opportunities.’

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