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Play Torres and Drogba - Cech

Petr Cech has urged Roberto Di Matteo to unleash both Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba on Chelsea's opponents in their triple pursuit of glory.

Torres left caretaker boss Di Matteo with a selection headache for the remaining five games of the season with a hat-trick in the 6-1 west London derby thrashing of QPR. With Drogba also in scintillating form, Di Matteo must decide how to line up in the FA Cup final, Champions League final and three crucial Barclays Premier League games.

Goalkeeper Cech said: "I'd start both. I believe it is possible but I don't know whether it would be done or if it would work. I am sure one day it will happen and there will be goals."

Di Matteo must make an immediate decision for arguably the most important of the three league games at home to Newcastle on Wednesday night. Cech's view is in defiance of conventional wisdom, which has long held Torres and Drogba do not work as a partnership.

Former manager Carlo Ancelotti quickly abandoned any attempt to start them in tandem, doing so just four times before being sacked. Andre Villas-Boas was just as reluctant, with Torres and Drogba in the same XI on just one occasion.

Di Matteo has insisted both strikers could play together, pointing out they had done so plenty of times - although he has yet to start both of them.

Playing a twin strikeforce would involve abandoning Di Matteo's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, and although he could fit Torres in on the right, the Spaniard proved against QPR he much prefers to be the attacking spearhead.

But getting Torres firing will mean little if Chelsea do not qualify for next season's Champions League, something they can take a huge step towards by beating fifth-placed Newcastle.

Cech began the mind games ahead of Wednesday's clash, saying: "I think our greater experience will be really important on Wednesday because Newcastle are in a position they haven't been in for a long time, only once maybe, and we have been there many times."

Chelsea will not need to finish in the top four if they win next month's Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Cech said: "We want to go to Munich and have the sense that the job is done and we can then easily concentrate only on the final."

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