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Drogba or Torres dilemma for Di Matteo

ROBERTO DI MATTEO was today pondering the biggest selection dilemma of his managerial career as he plotted Barcelona's downfall in Chelsea's latest Champions League semi-final.

The interim Blues boss had to decide whether to stick with Didier Drogba for tomorrow night's first leg at Stamford Bridge or recall Fernando Torres for the crunch clash.

Based on current form and previous meetings with Barca, Drogba is the obvious choice.

But that would also be the case for Saturday's crucial Premier League game at Arsenal and the following Tuesday's return leg against Barcelona.

Chelsea's punishing schedule has so far seen Di Matteo give almost equal game time to Drogba and Torres and, after the former started Sunday's FA Cup semi-final thrashing of Tottenham, it would appear something has to give in the coming week.

Whether that is tomorrow or on Saturday or next Tuesday remains to be seen, but Drogba, who has long been used to being top dog at Stamford Bridge, has accepted that rotation is a fact of life for the rest of this season.


"It's new for me, but there's nothing bad about it," he said. "The most important thing is for the team to win games and to go forward.

"Of course, I would like to play more, but I think the other players would like to play more as well, so I can't complain."

Drogba is not about to volunteer for a rest, however. He added: "All these games now are very important for us, the ones in the league, the FA Cup final, the ones in the Champions League. That's why you sign for Chelsea, because you want to play all these games and this is what is really exciting for me."

Chelsea centre-back David Luiz is resigned to missing the clash with an injured hamstring.