Time for Scolari to unleash Drogba and Anelka together?

December 16, 2008

Chelsea are struggling to score goals but manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says he can’t accommodate both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba in the same team.

Scolari’s outstanding record as a coach of club and national teams means that us little people should think twice, or more, before questioning his tactics.

But when the team is booed off the pitch, as they were after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, it is surely fair to ask if it’s time for a change of approach.

Drogba has hardly played this season due to injury and suspension and the fans were desperate to have him back leading the line.

In last week’s Champions League game against Cluj he came on midway through the second half with the teams level at 1-1 and within six minutes had scored the well-taken winner that guaranteed the club’s progress into the knockout stage.

On Sunday he was introduced at halftime and…six minutes later provided the neat flick to Frank Lampard that opened the way for Anelka’s equaliser.

Asked afterwards if he would consider starting with the “dangerous” pairing up front, Scolari said it was dangerous at both ends, saying the change of balance leaves his midfield too exposed.

When that midfield contains world class talents such as Lampard, Michael Ballack and Joe Cole, there should surely be a system that allows the club to get their two best forwards on the pitch together.

PHOTO: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba against Burnley during their English League Cup match at Stamford Bridge, Nov. 12, 2008. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty


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I would of always had them paired together!!

Chelsea’s problem is that their midfield don’t play wide. How can you possibly play Deco, Lampard, Ballack and Mikel in the middle?

Posted by Lenace Firj | Report as abusive

I would definitely play them together. There problem is they play 4-4-2. they should take out Mikel and add Joe Cole as the 3 striker and play 4-3-3.