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Chelsea boss still intent on Torres and Drogba strike partnership

Carlo Ancelotti will still persist in partnering Fernando Torres with Didier Drogba despite dropping the latter for Chelsea's west London derby draw at Fulham. But the Italian revealed he was already considering restoring the partnership for next week's Champions League game at FC Copenhagen.

"Maybe in the next game we will use both," he said, before explaining his reasons for leaving out Drogba.

"We wanted to have more control of the pitch in this game," he added.

Despite once again substituting £50m signing Torres, his new manager defended the most expensive player ever bought by a British club.

"Fernando played well," Ancelotti said.

"He had some opportunities in the first half and I took him out just to use Didier fresh and with power. That's the only reason I changed him.

"His performance was better than that against Liverpool."

Torres wasted four good chances either side of half-time.

"Every striker wants to score," Ancelotti said.

"I don't think he's frustrated because he needs time to play with us."

Of Drogba's reaction to his omission, Ancelotti added: "I don't know if Didier was happy, but every player knows every game is important.

"We wanted to rotate to maintain his condition and to give everyone great motivation."

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