Drogba & Torres tipped to face United

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Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has hinted at his starting strikeforce for the pivotal clash against Manchester United.

The Italian manager insists he will 'forget' the club's last match against Tottenham Hotspur, where Fernando Torres struggled before being substituted for match winner Salomon Kalou, and make his choice following the club's next training session.

Ancelotti appears to favour a pairing of Ivorian international Didier Drogba and Torres despite limited success thus far, but the former AC Milan manager appears set to gamble again with the duo in the biggest match of the season.

"To make a decision about the line-up, I have to forget the past. I have to look at the next training session," Ancelotti is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

"For 60 minutes [against Tottenham], Drogba and Torres played with good combination. But he [Torres] got a little bit tired and I put Kalou on to try and find some more space to attack.

"It's not so important, the shape. It's more important that you put the players with the best ability together. It's important to have players in good form, in good condition. If we want to win there, we have to use intensity.


"We did our job [against Tottenham], to stay three points behind Manchester United. That's fantastic. Our job was to win, we won and now our next job is to prepare well for Manchester United."

With the Barclays Premier League title on the line, Chelsea travel to Old Trafford on Sunday three points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side and with an equal goal difference. Victory would put them on the cusp of retaining the Barclays Premier League title, while defeat would all but end their ambitions.

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