"The Carling Cup represents a great opportunity to mark this season as a successful one, especially at a time of rebuilding," he wrote. The players emerged to a bellowed din of support, though those locals pawing through their £3 United Reviews might have been forgiven the odd gasp of incredulity.
Chelsea are so firmly in the driving seat for the Premiership".
He added: "I have always maintained that my remit as manager is to deliver one trophy every season. Obviously, we'd like more if possible, but one means we are all doing our jobs."