Carlo Ancelotti insists Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba are not rivals but "collaborators" in Chelsea's quest to get their stuttering season back on track.

The record-breaking signing of Torres was seen by some as a signal Drogba's days at Stamford Bridge were numbered - a view that gained momentum after the latter was dropped for Monday night's Barclays Premier League game at Fulham but Ancelotti insists the pair can form a lethal strikeforce for years to come.

"It is not right to say they are in competition. They are in collaboration," said Ancelotti. "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 cannot afford Torres' £50million signing to be a disruption, with the Barclays Premier League title all but surrendered and a top-four place by no means certain.

Vice-captain Frank Lampard this week claimed failure to qualify for next season's Champions League would be "a disaster".

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."

Ancelotti does not feel the same way about the Europa League.

"For this reason, it's good to arrive in the first four places of the Premier League," he joked.

"It will be a fight between six teams because maybe Liverpool has a dream to reach fourth place."

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