Essien counts on Carlo for Euro glory

14 years ago

The Barclays Premier League gets underway Saturday for Michael Essien and his Chelsea teammates play Hull as the Blues challenge for the title.

But the Ghanaian player is not just seeking to win the premiership title but is looking ahead to claiming European glory.

Despite past misses, Essien this time round is confident of landing the Champions League with the Blues under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Ghanaian midfielder insists Ancelotti, a two-time Champions League winner with AC Milan can help Chelsea achieve their first European title.

Chelsea have reached five semi-finals and one final in the last six years and are desperate to win European football's top trophy.

Essien, now under his fifth coach since his joining Chelsea in 2005 believes the Italian coach has all the credentials to lead the Blues to glory in Europe.

"We are already enjoying his company and methods," said Essien.

"Everyone knows we have been in five Champions League semi-finals in six years and one final.

"We are desperate to win the biggest trophy in club football and I strongly believe our new boss can help us do it.

"He has been there, done it and got the shirt for it and we are already getting the vibe from him.

"The squad has been together for a long time and we are all yearning and hungry for more trophies.'