Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished suggestions the Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres are to become rivals for the same spot.
£50million man Torres’s arrival was seen by some as the end for Didier Drogba, who has been nothing short of marvellous for Chelsea down the years, and Ancelotti chose to play Torres from the start, and replaced him with Drogba on Monday night against Fulham.
But despite seeming to stick to the same formation whoever the opponents, Ancelotti insists the two will play together and can become ‘collaborators.’
Ancelotti has a week off making decisions about his strikers as Chelsea face Everton in the FA Cup fourth round replay today, with Torres cup-tied having already played for Liverpool this season, and Drogba will start.
Ancelotti still believes the pair can form a lethal strike force, and backs them to come good together.
“I think so because I want to say that Didier in my opinion is not old,” Ancelotti said. He didn’t have in his career a lot of injuries. He has a good motivation and he wants to be at the top.
“In this season, he had some problems because he had malaria and for two and a half months he was not in good condition. He has time to be important for us in all the games.”
Talking about the pair he said, “It is not right to say they are in competition. They are in collaboration. They have to work together to help the team, to try to do the best.
“Collaboration has to be in the squad, not competition.”
Chelsea need to make sure they qualify for the Champions League next season so can’t afford for any distractions as they currently sit in 5th.
Ancelotti said: “For everyone, not just the club, to play the Champions League is the most important thing.
“I would like to train a team in the Champions League because the Champions League I think is the best competition in the world.
“It will be a fight between six teams because maybe Liverpool has a dream to reach fourth place.”
Chelsea are currently fifth, two points behind Tottenham.
Ancelotti added, “I’m not worried. I’m an optimist because I believe my team has the quality, has the ability.”
Winning the Champions League would, of course, be another way to qualify.
For Chelsea to achieve that, they’d have to reach a Wembley final where UEFA are selling tickets for over £300.
Ancelotti said, “It’s too much.
“With £300, I can have a fantastic dinner, a fantastic bottle of wine.”