Full-strength Chelsea ready and raring to go

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he has a full strength squad to pick from ahead of Saturday's crucial Barclays Premier League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues have embarked on an extended run of form with their last defeat dating as far back as 6 February, during which time Chelsea have won seven out of the nine league games played.

Ancelotti's side still have an outside chance of retaining the title this season, and will be looking for another positive result this weekend to keep the pressure on leaders Manchester United.

"All the players are fit. Ramires and Essien had problems at the start of the week, now they are ready and fit.

"Alex is okay as well. All the players are ready to play, we don't have a problem," Ancelotti told journalists in today's pre-match press conference at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham.


A win will move the Blues to within three points of United, who travel to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal in Sunday's lunchtime kick-off.

"It will be a good motivation because we can put more pressure on Manchester United and the game they have to play on Sunday," Ancelotti continued.

Fresh from opening his goalscoring account for Chelsea in last weekend's 3-0 victory over West Ham, £50million record signing Fernando Torres will be hoping for a starting berth as he looks to get his Blues career truly up and running.

But with competition for places as fierce as ever, Ancelotti has a positive selection headache around who to pick to spearhead his front line.

Critics have suggested that Torres is not suited to Chelsea's style of play and in particular, is not seen as a natural foil for the Blues established striker Didier Drogba.

But Ancelotti remained positive and was open-minded over his selection policy, keeping everybody guessing who will get the nod this weekend.

"My philosophy and my opinion is when you have very good players you have to put them together.

"If a player has skills, ability, then they can - Torres and Drogba can play together."

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