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Ancelotti ponders his wealth of Chelsea striking options

Eventually Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will play all his frontline strikers in the same team, but meantime they will be rotated. The Italian broke the British transfer record to sign Fernando Torres from Liverpool, with the Spaniard joining Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in the Chelsea ranks.

"We have to use the time we have (to help them gel)," he said.

"We will try again this week because we have some time. Step by step we will try to find the right solution to put them together.

"I think my aim as a coach is to try and find a better solution with the players we have in the squad. They are fantastic strikers and we have to do everything we can to make them play."

He continued: "Sometimes I will choose one player or the other because in the future we will have important games.

"I think rotation of the players will be important and I want to use rotation in the next few games.

"We have important aims to reach in the future, some players will need to rest and recover."

The Italian also backed Torres to rediscover the top form he showed only intermittently for Liverpool over the last year.

"We found Torres in good condition. He doesn't have a problem. Last week was obviously a busy week for him and this week he has had an international match, but he doesn't have a problem showing his quality," he said.

The Blues other major January signing, defender David Luiz, is in line to make his first start against Fulham having come off the bench against Liverpool.

"David is a very good defender and he has the ability to play all the positions in the back four," said Ancelotti.

"He is Brazilian so obviously he has a very good technique. He can help us build and play better from the back. He will be one of the best defenders in the world in the future."

Asked to compare Luiz to former Blue Ricardo Carvalho, Ancelotti talked up Luiz's superior ball-playing skills.

"It is difficult to compare him to Carvalho, they are different players," he said.

"Carvalho is fantastic man to man but David has more ability with the ball.

"With him we have more opportunity to play football from the defence."

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