12 Feb 2011

Ancelotti will give Chelsea strikers time

6:02 pm on 12 February 2011

Carlo Ancelotti has pledged to stick with his out-of-form strikers as the Chelsea manager tries to revive the champions' fading title hopes.

Ancelotti has a selection conundrum at present after the British record - 50 million pound signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool.

The Italian responded to Torres's arrival by altering his tactics to play the Spain striker alongside Didier Drogba, with France forward Nicolas Anelka given an unfamiliar free role behind the front two.

However, that system looked completely out of sync as Liverpool clinched a 1-nil win over Chelsea last Sunday.

Ancelotti says he doesn't plan on fielding the trio every week but is determined to make it work when he does, starting at Fulham on Monday, so they can use the time to help them gel.