Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strikers Tailor-Made for Glory, Says Cech; Chelsea Goalkeeper Convinced That the Drogba and Anelka Axis Will Score the Goals to Return the Title to the Bridge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strikers Tailor-Made for Glory, Says Cech; Chelsea Goalkeeper Convinced That the Drogba and Anelka Axis Will Score the Goals to Return the Title to the Bridge

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Byline: Simon Johnson

PETR CECH believes Chelsea's frontline of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka will be impossible to stop this season and will end Manchester United's three-year reign as Premier League champions. Chelsea take on Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the Community Shield on Sunday with both strikers set to play up front at Wembley.

Unlike his predecessors, new manager Carlo Ancelotti will play them together on a consistent basis and has even changed the team's formation to make the most of his forwards' talents. Anelka was the Premier League's top scorer last season with 19 goals, while Drogba has netted 94 times in 171 starts for the club.

Cech believes their partnership will make the difference in their attempts to beat United to the title as well as their bid to win the Champions League.

The goalkeeper said: "We have a front two that will worry everyone in the Premier League and in Europe. One is the former best scorer in the League and the other is last season's top scorer and if you count the goals together, it is a great striking force.

"The season is long and we will need everyone to score goals, but if they score in every game it will be great for us. It is a perfect combination. You can see that they play and cooperate well together. One has the pace and the intelligence, the other has everything to help him get the ball, open the space or score goals. It's been great to see them play the way they have in preseason, with their quality. We can see what's going to be the plan."

While Chelsea have retained their strike-force from last term, United have sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and Carlos Tevez to Manchester City.

In their place has come the injury prone Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia, who while impressing at Wigan will now be under more pressure playing for one of the Big Four. …

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