This time a week ago, Phil Scolari was manager of Chelsea FC. Since then, he has been axed by Roman Abramovich, with Guus Hiddink brought in as temporary gaffer. The Blues made hard work of beating Watford on Saturday, although the team selection contradicted a claim that the Brazilian made last week about a certain striker pairing…
Indeed, Scolari seemed adamant in a recent interview with France Football that Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka couldn’t play together up front. The Times reports that Anelka has refuted this, following his team’s 3-1 win over the Hornets, although the victory was only against a team in the bottom three of the Championship. Who is right, the player or the ex-manager?
“Of course we can work as a partnership,” Anelka said. “Like I said before and as Didier has said in the past, we’ve never tried playing us together. Even the 20 minutes on Saturday were good because we showed everybody that we can play together and we can score. It was me scoring, but it might be Didier next time. That’s good. And good for Chelsea.
“I’ve played as a striker all my life. To play on the right or the left is always difficult. To help Chelsea I can do that. But it’s even better if I can play up front with Didier because, if that’s the case, maybe I can help Chelsea even more.”
It took 75 minutes for Chelsea to find a breakthrough against Watford, so perhaps the jury is out on whether Drogs and Anelka can forge a decent partnership. Plus it’s worth remembering that Scolari was dismissive of the idea partly on the basis that the Blues didn’t have the personnel to play a 4-4-2 formation, especially as Kalou cares little for defending. Do you think the strike partnership will be favoured by Hiddink or can there only be room for one of them in the team?