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Ancelotti hints at Torres error.

Summary: Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he may have made a mistake by playing misfiring Au50million striker Fernando Torres against Manchester United.

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he may have made a mistake by playing misfiring Au50million striker Fernando Torres after Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United.

He also insisted the decision about whether he keeps his job at Stamford Bridge after his team failed once more to deliver the Holy Grail of Europe's top club trophy to watching owner Roman Abramovich was out of his hands.

Ancelotti gambled by starting Torres and leaving Didier Drogba on the bench, even though Torres had not scored in 817 minutes and 13 matches for club and country.

Torres suffered a torrid first 45 minutes and was replaced at half-time by Drogba, who scored in the second half.

When asked if it had been a mistake to start with Torres, Ancelotti said: "Maybe. Could be. I told you a lot of times this season I wanted to start with Fernando for this kind of game, these type of tactics.

"Didier played well in the second half. I wanted to put more pressure up front because we needed to score. Didier was fresh and he could use his power up front. This was the reason I took out Fernando."

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Date:Apr 15, 2011
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