Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Torres-Drogba attack suits Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti yesterday denied it would be a gamble to pair Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in Chelsea's must-win Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham tomorrow.

Blues boss Ancelotti has spent this week attempting to devise a way of getting both of his star strikers into his starting line-up, despite their failure to forge an understanding since Torres' £50million transfer from Liverpool.

The duo have started just three of 14 possible matches and Ancelotti appeared to abandon their partnership earlier this month when he reverted from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation, a move which has coincided with Chelsea rediscovering their best form and has been backed by more than one player.

With the champions needing to beat Spurs to keep alive their slim hopes of retaining the title — something which could also save Ancelotti's job — any significant changes to personnel and tactics would appear to represent an unnecessary risk.

Ancelotti said: “When you have very good players, you've have to try to put them together.

“Maybe they can sacrifice something of their ability, of their skills, but they can play together.

“Obviously, it's too early to take a decision about this because we have another training session tomorrow.”

“But I think it will not be a surprise if they can start on Saturday together.”

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