Ancelotti confident covering Drogba absence inside Chelsea squad

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insists he can find cover within his squad for Didier Drogba in January.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insists he can find cover within his squad for Didier Drogba in January.

Ancelotti admitted that the loss of Drogba will be a serious blow, but is adamant that Joe Cole and Deco can play together effectively and is unconcerned about abandoning his successful diamond formation.

“[The new line-up can work] as long as everyone’s willing to sacrifice, and keep things balanced,” Ancelotti said. “I think when the African players go away in January this will be the ideal solution: using one forward, Anelka, with Deco and Cole behind, and Lampard in midfield.

“Drogba plays well with Anelka because they are two forwards with different characteristics. Drogba prefers to be more static, while Anelka moves around a lot so it wasn’t very hard to get them to play together.

“The team reacted well to the change at the start of the season and can change again. I think when you bring something new tactically to a dressing room, it makes the players eager to pay attention, they’re hungry for new things. Change is a positive thing. They certainly picked this up quickly.”