Anelka hoping to fill void
Nicolas Anelka is aiming to carry his good form into the new season with Didier Drogba out injured.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 04/08/08 2:40pm
Nicolas Anelka is aiming to carry his good form into the new season after Didier Drogba was ruled out of Chelsea's Premier League opener.
The Ivory Coast international is still recovering from a knee injury and Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted he will not be fit to feature against Portsmouth on 17th August.
He may not return until the end of the month but Anelka insists he is ready for the challenge of being Chelsea's main striker.
Anelka scored four goals in the 5-0 victory over AC Milan on Sunday to take his pre-season tally to six, but he is focusing only on the competitive games to come.
"It was good to score against Milan in a good game but it is only a friendly game, and I look forward to the beginning of the season," he told the club's official website.
"Six goals is good but it doesn't matter, I am just looking to score goals. More important will be Portsmouth and I hope I can do the same then."
Anelka has also heaped praise on French compatriot Florent Malouda for setting up two of his goals against Milan.
Scolari has said that he wants Malouda to play a major role this season and Anelka is fully aware of the winger's abilities.
He said: "I know how Florent plays because I play with him in the national team and I knew what he was going to do, they were good crosses for me and easy to finish."