Ancelotti: JT can rule the world

CARLO ANCELOTTI has tipped John Terry to have a big impact on this summer’s World Cup.

Terry became the first Chelsea skipper to lead his side to the domestic double on Saturday after a bizarre 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Wembley.

The smile on Terry’s face as he lifted the trophy with Frank Lampard at the end contrasted sharply with the sadness he felt at losing the England captaincy in the wake of the allegations about his private life.

Plenty of questions have been raised about Terry’s ability to withstand the pressure yet over the last few weeks, as Chelsea began the surge that resulted in a domestic dominance only six other clubs have ever experienced, the 29-year-old seems to have got his old swagger back.

And, after watching an ultra-composed performance from his leader, Ancelotti is now looking forward to seeing more of the same in South Africa.

“John Terry played well all year,” said Ancelotti.

“Maybe he had some difficult moments but he was able to keep his private problems outside the training ground.”

“He is focused and fit and I think he will have a fantastic World Cup for England.”

It seemed a bit harsh on Ancelotti that the champagne corks had not stopped popping before thoughts turned to the one that got away.

Whether the hunger of Roman Abramovich for his team to win the Champions League is being overstated is difficult to assess.

After all, the Russian has never spoken of Europe being a Holy Grail himself and his jubilation as Chelsea collected their second major honour of the campaign was a throw-back to his first couple of seasons in charge.

Yet a tilt at Europe is now expected of Chelsea next season, a task Ancelotti does not believe is beyond his team, even in its present form.

Inter Milan – and Jose Mourinho – might have got the better of Chelsea this term, but don’t try telling the Italian they are too old.

“These players are not old,” he countered.

“When you have a lot of players under 30 they are not old. They are in the middle of their careers.”

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech felt his penalty save from Kevin-Prince Boateng paved the way for Didier Drogba to deliver the knockout punch.

Cech saved Boateng’s poor spot-kick in the 55th minute and the Blues won the FA Cup for the third time in four years when Didier Drogba slammed home the 58th-minute winner from a free-kick.

Meanwhile Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack accused Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng of purposely trying to hurt him after a tackle which left the Germany captain a doubt for the World Cup finals this summer.

Ballack had to leave the field just before half-time following a reckless challenge from Boateng.

Boateng, who missed a second-half penalty, was shown a yellow card by referee Chris Foy, but Ballack was adamant the Pompey player meant to harm him.

“I have seen it on TV and to say it was not on purpose means you have to be a friend of Boateng,” said Ballack.

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