LITESPORT 50 Friday, 11 September 2009 London Lite ITALY MUSTLEARNBlues boss Ancelotti full of praise for the Premier way of life CHELSEA manager Carlo Ancelotti takes his table-topping Blues to Stoke tomorrow insisting Italy must learn from the English Premier League. TheformerACMilan,Juventusand Parma coach (below) went home dur- ing the international break and returned to London to express his anxietyovertheviolenceandracism which plague some clubs in Serie A. Ancelotti, 50, said: In England, people go to the stadium to see a spectacle. In Italy unfortunately it isnt like that. People there dont have this sense for spectacle. In Italy we still have violence, so I hope that in Italy it will change soon, and that people go to the stadium to see an exciting match, like in Eng- land, and to support their team -- not using violence and racist taunts towards the players. It is something nice and interesting to see here in England. I like it because all the sta- diums are full and work very well. Its a very positive experience. Didier Drogba will lead the Chelsea line at the Britan- nia Stadium sing- ing Ancelottis p r a i s e s a n d i n s i s t i n g t he dressing room spirit remains strong despite FIFAstransferban which was put in place while most of the players were away on the interna- tional break. The Blues have been stopped from signing any new play- ers in the next two transfer windows over thesigningof youngsterGalKakuta from Lens. But Drogba insists the punishment will only make their desire for success even greater. Drogba, who recently signed an extended contract after months of beingunsettledunderpreviousmana- gerial regimes, is delighted with the starttheyhavemadeunderAncelotti, who replaced interim coach Guus Hiddink in the summer. Carlo is highly respected here, and the players regard him as one of us, said Drogba. Thats why I consider thespiritwithinthecamptobereally good. Chelsea have a fresh injury concern over Deco for the trip north. The midfielder was forced out of action during Portugals vital 1-0 World Cup win over Hungary. Decowassubstitutedthree minutesaftertheinterval and Chelsea are cur- rently waiting to assess the damage. Joe Cole and Paulo Ferreira, who both enjoyed successful outings for the club in a practice match against Fulham in midweek, are not expected to be includedinAncelot- tis squad. The pair are almost fully fit after sustaining knee ligament injuries last season but need another two weeks before they reach match fitness. ALESSANDRO Diamanti, who scored two spectacular free- kicks on his West Ham debut against Birmingham reserves on Tuesday night, goes straight into Gianfranco Zolas squad for tomorrows Premier League clash at Wigan. Diamanti, who cost 6m from Italian club Livorno, is set to start on the bench but Valon Behramis return could be delayed by another week. Behrami also made a comeback in the 6-0 win over Birmingham but Zola may play him in another reserve team match next week before deciding whether he is ready for a return against Liverpool. Also missing from tomorrows line-up is full-back Herita Ilunga, who has not yet fully recovered from the broken jaw he sustained on the opening day of the season at Wolves. England Under-21 defender James Tomkins looks certain to fill the void left by James Collins and Zola admitted today it was a tough decision to part with the Welsh international defender, sold to Aston Villa on transfer deadline day for 5m to help finance the Diamanti deal. Zola said: James is a player who has done really well for me and it was painful for me to let him go. Unfortunately we needed someone to go out so we could get a striker to come in. He has gone to a good club though, they have treated him very well and I hope he does for them what he did for us. It is tough when you have a guy who was very much integrated with the other players and who is playing well but as long as you have nice and intelligent people like James, then it makes it easier to deal with. West Ham have signed new long-term agreements with SBOBET and Macron. Principal partners SBOBET have extended their agreement with the club until the summer of 2013. The SBOBET brand will appear on all official replica kit and training wear. Leading Italian kitwear manufacturers Macron will be the clubs official technical partner for three years from the start of the 2010/11 season. Di-namite: Alessandro Diamanti to feature at Wigan BY NEAL COLLINS TOTTENHAM v MAN UNITED LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Spurs 21-10, Man United 13-10, draw 12-5. 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PauloandColeJoe bothwhoFerreira, successfulenjoyed Ancelot-inincluded tis squad. almostarepairThe sustainingaftertfifully knee ligament injuries needbutseasonlast weekstwoanother reachtheybefore tness.match fi Niko spurred on to put 5-1 defeat behind him NIKO KRANJCAR is desperate to banish the nightmare of Croatias defeat against England by making a dream debut for Tottenham against Manchester United tomorrow. Kranjcar could only watch in horror as England cruised to a 5-1 victory at Wembley on Wednesday night. The talented winger could not even get away from the disappointment as he joined up with his new Tottenham team-mates for the first time on Thursday to train alongside Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch who were all part of the England team. Kranjcar (right) is set to make an immediate debut following his move from Portsmouth last week and would love to end a miserable few days by helping his new club beat the Premier League champions. He said: It was obviously disappointing with the national side and I am pleased to be away from it. I have come back to training and it is great. Joining Spurs is a massive step for me and I am at a point in my career where I want to achieve things even more. Everyone hopes to break into the big four so hopefully we can achieve that. The next game is very important and hopefully we can continue our good form at the beginning. It is always great to play against the big teams and best players in Europe and I think it will be interesting. Spurs are a big club because of the squad we have got and they are all international players. I am looking forward to it because I believe that strong competition makes you better. 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