Chelsea train ahead of Manchester United Champions League clash

05 April 2011 01:03
Chelsea appear to have no new injury concerns for Wednesday night's Champions League showdown against Manchester United.

The Blues trained on Tuesday morning at their Cobham headquarters, with all their senior players taking part in the session.

Training day: Fernando Torres works hard ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final Champions League showdown with Manchester United

That included David Luiz, who is cup-tied in the Champions League, and is set to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic for Wednesday's quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

But the big question will be who starts up front, with Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou vying for what has recently been two berths. The ?50million Spain striker, however, appears to certain to start.

Game for a laugh: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti shares a joke with ?50million striker Torres

Manager Carlo Ancelotti spent the opening few minutes of training engaged in discussion and friendly banter with the misfiring Spaniard, even pretending to throttle and punch him.

Drogba staked his claim to partner Torres by scoring the equaliser in Saturday's Barclays Premier League draw at Stoke, ending his own long goal drought.

Leader of the pack: Blues skipper John Terry is in good spirits alongside Frank Lampard and Alex

However, the duo have failed to forge an understanding on the field on the rare occasions they have been partnered, while Nicolas Anelka has been scintillating in the Champions League this season. 

Kalou is arguably in the best overall form of the quartet. Although, with all four strikers netting just threegoals between them in the last two months, that is not saying much.

Running the show: Ancelotti takes part in a light warm-up alongside Ashley Cole, Lampard and Terry

Yossi Benayoun and Alex both trained this morning but Ancelotti has already said the duo are unlikely to play a part on Wednesday as they continue to build up their fitness following long-term lay-offs.

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