Carlo pins hopes on strike duo
Carlo Ancelotti is committed to pairing Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres ahead of taking on Tottenham.
Last Updated: 28/04/11 10:22pm
Carlo Ancelotti remains committed to pairing Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres in attack ahead of taking on Tottenham.
The Chelsea boss faces a tough decision ahead of the crunch encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday over whether to persevere with the stuttering partnership.
In a game that could decide the destination of the Premier League title and possibly even his job, Ancelotti insists he is prepared to allow Drogba and Torres to play despite the pair failing to gel since January.
Ancelotti is under pressure to return to a 4-4-3 formation that many, including a number of Chelsea players, believe is the key to unlocking the best form from the champions.
Yet the Italian looks to ignore the doubters and utilise both his star strikers after Torres broke his duck on Saturday in the 3-0 win over West Ham.
"When you have very good players, you've have to try to put them together," said Ancelotti.
"Maybe they can sacrifice something of their ability, of their skills, but they can play together. If you are able to do this, I think it is good for the team, to get good results.
"Obviously, it's too early to take a decision about this because we have another training session on Friday.
"But I think it will not be a surprise if they can start on Saturday together. They trained well. They tried to have a good combination together."
Despite a number of players wishing to make their feelings known on the formation the team will utilise, Ancelotti remained adamant that he is the man who ultimately makes the decisions.
The manager was quick to point out that his side's teamwork had improved and he would have no problems changing formation to accommodate his strikers if needed.
"The best solution would be to play 4-4-2 if they play together," he added.
"I think that we don't have a problem to play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. The result doesn't depend on the shape that you use.
"The result depends on the motivation that the players have, on the spirit that the players use on the pitch during the game."