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Copenhagen boss confident Chelsea will start with Torres

FC Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken is confident that Chelsea will start under-fire striker Fernando Torres in tomorrow's Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Danish club's boss, whose side trails 2-0 following the first leg in the country's capital three weeks ago, says Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti's earlier comments about resting Torres were simply fodder.

Solbakken expects the Spaniard, who has yet to score in five games for the Blues, will partner Nicolas Anelka, who scored both goals in the Parken Stadion meeting, up front in London on Wednesday.

"I'm 100% sure that Torres will play and I also think that they will try to pass to him a lot," said Solbakken.

"Anelka didn't play the last game, so I don't think it's a bad guess to say they will start tomorrow together."

And Solbakken added that his side would have to try and stop this duo but also will require to go all out to turn around the tie, otherwise their Champions League campaign would be over.

"If we should go out, it should be in a good way and that means probably stopping those two for most of the game," he added.

"We're going for it.

"If the goal comes when it's 10 minutes left, it's probably as good as it is to get it in the first minute."

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