ANCELOTTI UNSURE ON CECH REPLACEMENT

It is always hard to replace one of the World’s best goalkeepers like Petr Cech hence Ancelotti has said that he has not decided whom to start between Hilario and Turnbull.

Petr Cech, 28, picked up a calf injury in training this week and is set to be sidelined for the next month. This blow has ensured he will miss the club’s remaining friendlies, the Charity Shield and the opening league fixture against West Bromwich Albion on August 14. He’ll be sat in the Chelsea Hospitality seats rather than playing.

The first of these matches is tonight’s run-out against Ajax. Speaking to the Blues’ official website, Ancelotti stated he will hand both Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario the chance to press their case to replace Cech.

“I think that against Ajax we will play 45 minutes each for Turnbull and Hilario, and I think Turnbull will start the game,” the Italian said.

“It is a pre-season match so we don’t have too many targets, just to improve our condition and put the players in better condition for the start of the season.”