LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry admits Carlo Ancelotti's first job at Stamford Bridge is to ensure the Blues are serious challengers for the Premier League title.
Ancelotti signed a three-year contract worth £6,5million (about R87million) a year on Monday to succeed Guus Hiddink as manager of the west London club.
The Italian was targeted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich because of his impressive pedigree in the Champions League.
Ancelotti reached the final three times with AC Milan, winning twice, and also won the competition twice as a Milan player.
But England defender Terry is more concerned with Chelsea's league form after his side finished outside the top two for the first time since Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
After Guus Hiddink left Chelsea with an FA Cup triumph to celebrate on Saturday, Ancelotti will take over a squad confident they can end Manchester United's three-year reign as champions.
Terry, who believes Chelsea should settle for nothing less than a sustained run at the title, hopes Ancelotti is the man to bring the title back to the Bridge.
With spells at Milan and Juventus on his CV, Ancelotti has experience of the pressure to deliver success at the highest level.
But, although he survived in the San Siro for eight years, Ancelotti only won the Serie A title once with Milan.
Ancelotti has already been linked with a host of big-money transfers.
Valencia's David Villa, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Milan's Andrea Pirlo could all feature on his wanted list.
"I like to be close to the players. I like to be close to the company," said the 49-year-old.
"The players and the company need to have strong organisation, strong discipline and the right motivation." Ancelotti will be managing outside Italy for the first time. But the former Italy midfielder insists he will have no problem adapting to life in the Premier League because he is already a big fan of the English game.
"I see the matches always on television. I like the Premier League because there are great teams who play good football," he said. "I watch Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United and I know English football. Chelsea have a great team, great players and a strong team. I'd like to stay here." - Sapa-AFP