FA Cup - Reaction: Ancelotti not satisfied

Eurosport - Sat, 15 May 19:42:00 2010

Reaction from the FA Cup final, with Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti saying a domestic double is not enough without success in Europe.

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Carlo Ancelotti:  "(The double has) never been done in the club's history and to do it with this group of players feels so special. I thought our luck was out but what a great free-kick from Didier ... The pitch ruined the final. It's probably the worst pitch we've played on all year. It was not good enough for a Wembley pitch. The FA have to decide if this is a football pitch or events stadium."

Didier Drogba: "It's fantastic; we achieved the double. It was difficult to come back and stay focused (after) we celebrated the title. It was difficult again against a very good Portsmouth team. You start to feel that you won't score but if you manage to create chances in the first half it means in the second you will have some. I saw a little gap, not a big space, because the wall was in its position. I hit the post again but it went in this time."

Joe Cole: "It's history for this club. I'm so pleased for everyone who's worked so hard all year. I've never seen it done before (hitting the woodwork five times). When Frank missed the penalty at the end you think, 'Okay, it's just going to be 1-0'. (On his future) My focus is getting on the plane to South Africa then winning the World Cup, and that's what I'm going to do."

Ashley Cole: "It feels great. I came here to win trophies and this is the third one I've won here. It is a great achievement for me and I'm very happy and to do the double here is fantastic."

Avram Grant:  "I think the English League shot themselves in the foot, in the heart. You cannot even imagine what has happened at Portsmouth this season, whatever you read. This is much bigger than you think, day by day. The players come out, they respect the Premier League but the Premier League did not respect them. What is a bigger story than this? This is a fairytale of English football as I know it as a child. And they come and they say no, you achieve on the pitch but we will take you out (of Europe) because you are not registered in time."

Jamie O'Hara: "We rode our luck in the first half - David James pulled off some unbelievable saves - then we had the chance to win the game. If the penalty had gone in we could have defended for our lives, but it wasn't meant to be. Chelsea showed their class in the end. I put as much as I could into the game. It's going to the last time we all play together, so it's an emotional day for everyone at the club. It would have been great to go out with a big win. They'll be back. They're a massive club with great fans."


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