Carlo Ancelotti wants to incorporate Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in same Chelsea team
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti plans to rotate his three frontline strikers in the future, but not before finding a way to incorporate them all in the same team.
Ancelotti bought himself a £50million conundrum when he broke the British transfer record to sign Fernando Torres from Liverpool, with the Spaniard joining Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in the Chelsea ranks.
Torres' debut, a 1-0 defeat by his former team-mates, saw him paired with Drogba in attack with Anelka playing a less familiar creative role behind the front two.
It looked an uncomfortable fit for the Frenchman, while Torres was replaced after 65 unremarkable minutes.
Ancelotti does not plan on fielding the trio every week but believes it is his duty as a coach to make it work when he does, starting at Fulham on Monday night.
"We have to use the time we have (to help them gel)," he said,
"We will try again this week because we have some time. Step by step we will try to find the right solution to put them together.
"I think my aim as a coach is to try and find a better solution with the players we have in the squad. They are fantastic strikers and we have to do everything we can to make them play."
He continued: "Sometimes I will choose one player or the other because in the future we will have important games.
"I think rotation of the players will be important and I want to use rotation in the next few games.
"We have important aims to reach in the future, some players will need to rest and recover."
The Italian also backed Torres to rediscover the top form he showed only intermittently for Liverpool over the last year.
"We found Torres in good condition. He doesn't have a problem. Last week was obviously a busy week for him and this week he has had an international match, but he doesn't have a problem showing his quality," he said.
Chelsea's other major January signing, £25million defender David Luiz, is in line to make his first start against the Cottagers having come off the bench against Liverpool.
He faces competition from the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and the injured Alex to earn a place in Ancelotti's first XI on a regular basis, but the manager backed him to quickly establish himself as one of the best in the game.
"David is a very good defender and he has the ability to play all the positions in the back four," said Ancelotti.
"He is Brazilian so obviously he has a very good technique. He can help us build and play better from the back. He will be one of the best defenders in the world in the future."
Asked to compare Luiz to another centre-back recruited from the Portuguese league, former Blue Ricardo Carvalho, Ancelotti talked up Luiz's superior ball-playing skills.
"It is difficult to compare him to Carvalho, they are different players," he said.
"Carvalho is fantastic man to man but David has more ability with the ball.
"With him we have more opportunity to play football from the defence."
Latest in Sport
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and secure Champions League football next season
Arsenal transfer news: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players,' says Arsene Wenger
Danny Jones: Keighley Cougars half-back dies after cardiac arrest during league game
Chelsea season player ratings: Grading the entire squad of the new Premier League champions
Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision - but Pacquiao thinks he should have won, saying 'he did nothing'
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils