Title hopes fading says Ancelotti

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti says his team have little chance of winning the title race after losing 1-0 at Wolves.A Jose Boswinga own goal in the sixth minute left the defending champions in fifth spot and trailing leaders Manchester United by nine points.

The Italian said: "It's very difficult to win [the league] but the most important thing is to come back and play football, to fight and move on."

Ancelotti added he was "under pressure" but did not fear losing his job.

Pressure is mounting on the Blues boss who has seen his side slip from the top of the table in October and risk missing out on Champions League football next season.

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Striker Didier Drogba hit the post and Florent Malouda wasted two good opportunities to recover from conceding in the sixth minute, but that was as good as it got as Wolves stood firm to pick up three points and lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Chelsea have bagged one win in nine games and face an almighty battle to keep their hands on the Premier League trophy.

"It is another defeat, our moment is not so good and it is a difficult moment," Ancelotti told BBC Sport. "But there are still a lot of games left. We have to keep going, work hard and move on quickly. It's difficult to explain. There is not one reason.

"We had a lot of injuries, we have lost confidence and it's difficult to move on. But it can happen."

Ancelotti's reign has been a successful one since joining in the summer of 2009, winning the Community Shield, league title and FA Cup, and he is determined to carry on despite overseeing the club's worst run of form since the 1995-96 season.

"I don't fear [for my job]," insisted Ancelotti who remarked before the match at Molineux that he felt lucky he remained as manager. "Obviously I am under pressure. My position is solid at this moment. I'm under pressure because the team didn't reach the result we wanted.

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"I think it's obvious we are not good enough in this moment. I hope I can continue this job, because I would like to stay here and I have a good relationship with the players and with the club."

Meanwhile, Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was delighted with his players as they recorded a fourth victory in seven games to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.

"For effort and endeavour they never leave a drop on the pitch. They give me everything, for which I'm hugely thankful and proud of.

"We sometimes lack a bit of quality and sometimes make mistakes - and that's me included - but as a unit they're fabulous in terms of what they give me.

"We played 4-4-2 against the much-lauded 4-3-3 and I asked them to do certain things. You can ask them, but it's the players who deserve the credit and the plaudits for doing it. They have to work blooming hard to play that way and they did."

Source: BBC Sport