We have strength in depth, says Anelka

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Nicolas Anelka is more than happy to rotate with his fellow strikers at Stamford Bridge and maintains the belief that it will benefit Chelsea during the congested end of season run-in.

With the January acquisition of Fernando Torres providing extra competition for the likes of Anelka and Didier Drogba, Chelsea have an embarrassment of riches in their goalscoring department.

And, with the Blues conceivably having 14 fixtures - should they make the final of the Champions League - from now until the end of the season, Carlo Ancelotti will have to juggle his front line in order to keep his star men fresh.

Anelka is well aware he won't start every game as the business end of the season approaches, but the 32-year-old is content with making way for his teammates as and when he is required to do so.

"It is going to be tough," said the Frenchman. "I don't know why they put two or three games in March and then eight in April, but the schedule is like this and we just have to do it.


"We have a lot of games but we have a lot of players and we have a strong squad, so we can rotate and it's good.

"I have been playing football for 16 years now. Sometimes to rest, even to watch your team-mates from the bench, is not too bad.

"It is part of the game and you try to be fresh when you come on the pitch. This is a big club and we have big players, so it's like this. We do our best on the pitch anyway and we know now, we have a different tactic with two up front.

"We are four, Drogba, Torres, Kalou and me, so we can swap and we know that even if we have a good game we may not play in the next game."

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