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Play Drogba and Torres - Cech

PETR CECH has urged Roberto Di Matteo to unleash both Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba on Chelsea's opponents in their triple pursuit of glory.

Torres left caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo with a real selection headache for the remaining five games of the season after scoring a stunning hat-trick in the 6-1 west London derby thrashing of QPR on Sunday.

With Drogba also in scintillating form, Di Matteo must decide how to line up in the FA Cup Final, Champions League Final and three crucial Premier League games.

He must make an immediate decision for arguably the most important of the three league games at home to Newcastle tomorrow night.

For goalkeeper Cech, the solution is simple. "I'd start both," he said. "I believe it is possible but I don't know whether it would be done or if it would work. "I am sure one day it will happen and there will be goals."

That view is in defiance of conventional wisdom, which has long held Torres and Drogba do not work as a partnership.

Former manager Carlo Ancelotti quickly abandoned any attempt to start them in tandem, doing so just four times before being sacked at the end of last season.

Andre Villas-Boas was just as reluctant, with Torres and Drogba in the same XI on just one occasion.

Di Matteo insisted both strikers could play together, pointing out they had done so plenty of times -- although he has yet to start both of them at all.

Playing a twin strikeforce would involve abandoning Di Matteo's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, and although he could fit Torres in on the right, the Spaniard proved against QPR he much prefers to be the attacking spearhead.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich left little doubt who he would rather see lead the line, high-fiving his companions in the Stamford Bridge directors' box on Sunday after Torres completed his treble.

Abramovich was in danger of being embarrassed by his record-breaking £50million splurge on Torres and refusal to bow to Drogba's contract demands. The Russian is a long way from getting value for money but the signs are suddenly looking much more positive, which also bodes well for Di Matteo's bid to be appointed manager full-time.

But getting Torres firing will mean little if Chelsea do not qualify for next season's Champions League, something they can take a huge step towards by beating fifth-placed Newcastle.

Cech began the mind games ahead of tomorrow's clash by pointing out the Magpies' players were in uncharted territory.

He said: "I think our greater experience will be really important tomorrow because Newcastle are in a position they haven't been in for a long time, only once maybe, and we have been there many times. It could be the decisive factor."

Chelsea will not need to finish in the top four if they win next month's Champions League final against Bayern Munich. But Cech said: "We want to go to Munich and have the sense that the job is done and we can then easily concentrate only on the final."

It certainly looks easier for Chelsea to win their final three league games than to beat Bayern on home soil.

"You can never predict what is going to happen on May 19 but, hopefully, it will be a day to remember," said Cech.


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