Why Ancelotti will be naked by the end of January, and Chelsea are still my tip for the title

Carlo Anceloti had better make sure he’s in good shape because, by the end of January, he’ll be running round naked.

The Chelsea boss has promised to do a streak if Chelsea buy in the window and it will be impossible for them to resist.

Chelsea’s squad needs a boost, especially because of African Nations Cup call-ups. If I was a manager, the African Nations Cup would definitely put me off signing African players.

You can afford to sign one African player but not two if there’s a championship every other season.

With so many African players in Europe, FIFA have to look at the global calendar.

Chelsea also need to look at shaking up a squad with a few under-performing players, especially as a few of those who will come in have been disappointing.

Florent Malouda had a brief spell last season when he played well under Guus Hiddink. But overall, Malouda has been disappointing.

Salomon Kalou is poor and not up to being a top four player. And when on earth will Ancelotti realise that Michael Ballack and Jon Obi Mikel cannot play together in the same team?

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It came from a stroke of luck and a last gasp finish, but Liverpool’s win at Aston Villa shows they are still in the hunt.

It also opened up the Champions League places. Liverpool can still get into the top four but, despite Arsenal’s run, Chelsea remain my tip for the title.

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