Carlo Ancelotti: Chelsea have the best strikeforce in the Premier League

01 April 2011 07:41

When are you going to score, Fernando? Torres has still not hit the net for his new club

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Chelsea have the best strike force in England, even though they have not scored in the Barclays Premier League for two months.

A forward line of Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou looks daunting, but the awesome foursome are struggling.

Anelka's last-minute goal in the 4-2 win at Sunderland on February 1 was the last top-flight strike from any of them. And when the Frenchman scored two Champions League goals in Copenhagen on February 22 it was the only time one of the four had found the net since the ?50million signing of Torres.

However, their manager said: 'Do I have the best group of forwards in the Premier League? I think so.'

Ancelotti's backing is so strong that he claims he would not swap any of his forwards for another Premier League striker. Not even Wayne Rooney. He said: 'Rooney is a fantastic player, but he's a Manchester United player.

'I like him but I don't want to change. I'm sure Sir Alex doesn't want to change either.'

However, Ancelotti will know his strikers have to start repaying his faith if Chelsea are to rescue their season.

The Torres effect? Nicolas Anelka's (left) two goals in Copenhagen are the only scored by Chelsea's strikers since the ?50m man joined the club

The side have played themselves back into title contention with 19 points from 24, and, with a Champions League quarter-final against United on the horizon, a season that looked like it was crumbling around Ancelotti could yet have a happy ending. It is make or break time for Chelsea, but Ancelotti would not have it any other way.

'The pressure is the same,' said the Italian.  'I need to have pressure to maintain focus, to stay concentrated on my job, but that doesn't mean I can't manage this pressure. I like having it.

'Last season we were at the top of the table, but nothing changes, even if we're playing catch-up. The pressure is at its highest. But this is good.

'For us, the international break was a good moment to rest, but when you are thinking you have eight games, with matches every three days in the Champions League and the Premier League to come, then you're excited.

'I'd be less excited if I felt my team weren't in good form, with good motivation, but they are motivated and confident. 'I think I'm better under pressure. If I'm too relaxed, it's not good.'

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