December 19, 2008

Anelka eager to help Drogba

Nicolas Anelka has told Chelsea manager Felipe Scolari he is ready to play a supporting role for Didier Drogba in attack.

Anelka bagged the 100th Premier League goal of his career and his 16th of the season in Sunday‘s 1-1 draw with West Ham, but with Drogba fit again the France striker now wants Scolari to give the pair a chance to form a potent partnership.

Scolari, reflecting on his first six months at Chelsea, has revealed he will be using the next fortnight to tinker with his style and that could mean finding a place for both strikers in his 4-3-3 system.

Chelsea has already dropped 14 points at Stamford Bridge this season and its poor home form is threatening to undermine its title ambitions.

Anelka, 29, has enjoyed successful partnerships with Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal and Michael Owen at Liverpool and now wants the opportunity to see if he can make it work with Drogba.

“It was good to play with Bergkamp,” said Anelka. “He is the kind of player that played for you. He can score, but also gave a good ball for you to score, and he liked to do it.

“With Michael Owen it was good, because I played the other way, I used to play in front, then I turned supplier. I was pleased with our partnership and it worked.”

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