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Baird unfazed by Torres challenge

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Chris Baird insists Fulham will have no fear of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in Monday's west London derby at Craven Cottage.

The Blues will partner Torres alongside Didier Drogba for the second time in a £74million strike force of which much is expected.

But the versatile Baird, who is currently playing at left-back, insists Fulham are unfazed at the prospect of shackling the £50million Spaniard, and said: "Torres is a great talent. He did fantastically well for Liverpool and scored a lot of goals for them. But he has not done as well against us. He has scored just two goals against us in the Premier League."

He added: "He's always a threat and with the talent Chelsea have got he is always going to get chances to score, but hopefully we can keep him quiet again against us.

"I was surprised to see him go to Chelsea, but not for the price. It will be weird seeing him in a blue kit."

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti looks set to continue with the experiment of playing Nicolas Anelka with Torres and Drogba.

"We will not be preparing any differently to face the three of them. We just have to concentrate on our own game," added Baird.

"We have been doing well and getting points on the board. We have been climbing the table. It's all up to us and how we play.

"The derby is always a great game for anyone involved with the club. It is a local derby so it is always a big game for us.

"It is also a difficult game, what with the talent they have. But we are at home and we are playing well there at the moment, so we are looking forward to it."

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Didier Drogba
Fulham
Football
Nicolas Anelka
Chelsea
Premier League
Fernando Torres
Chris Baird
Liverpool

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