Carlo Ancelotti has surprisingly said that winning trophies is not Chelsea's priority. The Blues, in his point of view, should look to realize their potential.
When Ancelotti was asked if not winning a trophy would mean failure, he replied, “No, this is not my [measure]—for the season is not all important to win, it is important that Chelsea do the maximum of the team's possibilities.”
“It's a very competitive championship, there are a lot of great teams that can win it,” said the Chelsea boss.
Chelsea undoubtedly has one of the best teams in the world and matching Chelsea's potential has to mean winning silverware.
Ancelotti wouldn't want to test Abramovich's patience for the Russian billionaire has sacked many good coaches who did well—but not fantastically.
For example, Avram Grant did very well to pick up Chelsea after Jose Mourinho's sacking two years ago.
Grant took Chelsea to the Champions League Final, only to lose to Manchester United on penalties.
The team was struggling before becoming extremely competitive and only losing the English Premier League on the final match of the season.
And even though Grant made Chelsea realize their potential, still he got sacked.
After Grant came Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The Brazilian manager was not given enough cash to spend and could not find the right formula for the team and could not motivate his players enough.
After a good start, Chelsea's form drastically deteriorated which eventually made Scolari face the sack.
So as you see, Chelsea's demands go beyond "realizing their potential".
Chelsea want silverware, and if Ancelotti fails to bring silverware, his job might be in the balance.