The atmosphere at Stamford Bridge set to hit fever pitch as former Anfield hero set for Blues debut.
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Fernando Torres to make Chelsea debut against Liverpool
Carlo Ancelotti said Chelsea’s British record £50m signing Fernando Torres is likely to make his debut against former club Liverpool in the league on Sunday.
Spain striker Torres and fellow new signing David Luiz were ineligible to play in the 4-2 win at Sunderland.
“We have to test him tomorrow and the next day. If he has no problem, he can play,” Blues boss Ancelotti stated.
“But I think he has no problem because he played the last game with Liverpool and played well.”
Ancelotti added that he had no qualms about playing Torres alongside either Nicolas Anelka, who scored in the win against Sunderland, and Didier Drogba.
“I know very well that he is not a goalkeeper, he is not a defender, he is not a midfielder – he is a striker and he will play as a striker,” Italian Ancelotti continued.
“He doesn’t have a problem to play with Drogba or with another striker. Maybe we will have to play with two strikers together, but that’s not a problem. It doesn’t change a lot.
“Maybe with a diamond in midfield, our shape doesn’t change too much.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
If you, like me, are a betting man I strongly suggest you make the two following bets. One, there will be at least six bookings during Sunday’s game as the explosive nature of this fixture will be even more ferocious on this occasion. Two, bet on Fernando Torres to score. Whatever Liverpool supporters feel about the Spanish striker’s decision to move to Stamford Bridge, they know as well as anyone that he scores goals for fun and is in good form at present.
Personally I am surprised that the 26 year old will be playing as it seems an added strain on the player that seems unnecessary. After all Chelsea managed four goals last night at Sunderland, from four different scorers and don’t really have any need to fiddle with things up front, although at the back they are looking decidedly shaky so David Luiz may well get a look in.
Should make for a cracker of a game in West London and one that the neutral, as well as supporters of both clubs, will be very excited to watch.