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Chelsea striker Anelka shrugs off losing preseason form

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka insists there's no concern inside the squad over their poor preseason form.

The Blues fell again this week to Hamburg.

"It was a good game, a difficult one because we had a lot of hard training sessions in the last few days," said Anelka. "It was a good game, it's a shame because we conceded two rubbish goals but what can I say?

"I think we are improving in our play, we played well in some parts, and I hope we will be okay for Manchester United on Sunday."

The Frenchman, who played the first half in a central attacking role before switching out wide to accommodate Didier Drogba in the second half, was playing only his second game of pre-season and believes it will be a fortnight before he and his team-mates are firing on all cylinders.

"I think we will be ready in two weeks, we are working a lot in training but it is very difficult to play this kind of game, it is very hard after the training, and I think we will be okay soon," he told the Official Chelsea Website. "Hamburg is a good side, they played some good football, it was a good pitch and a noisy stadium, and I think it was a perfect game for us to end our pre-season."

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