Blues boss dealt Didier dilemma

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has been presented with yet another selection headache after Didier Drogba declared himself fit to face Copenhagen tomorrow.

The Blues striker limped out of last Monday’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Blackpool, and looked set to miss Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg tie at Stamford Bridge.

The Daily Express reports that a source close to Drogba said, "Didier is fine. He is fit to play," after recovering from a niggling hip injury.

Whilst it is good news that the Ivorian front man is ready and raring to do battle, his pairing with £50million man Fernando Torres has so far proven largely unsuccessful.


Chelsea take a 2-0 aggregate lead into tomorrow’s game, after an impressive away performance two weeks ago that saw Torres link-up with Frenchman Nicolas Anelka.

Anelka bagged both goals, but it was Torres’ individual endeavour that provided most encouragement, with a much more fluid look to the Blues’ front-line giving the Spaniard an opportunity for his best performance in a Chelsea shirt so far.

With progression to the Champions League quarter-final all but a formality, Ancelotti may use the game as another chance to trial the Torres and Drogba partnership.

The Blues boss’ current striking conundrum is ultimately about finding how to get the best out of the misfiring Torres, who is remaining positive and reassured Blues fans he will rediscover his best form.

"My best years in the Premier League are yet to come. I just want to settle down, forget about everything else and enjoy things."

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