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Ancelotti happy with strike force

LONDON, August 23- Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka can fire his side to the Premier League title now they have finally started to gel.
After struggling to strike up a cohesive partnership during their first 18 months together at Stamford Bridge, Drogba and Anelka are starting to find some rhythm.

They combined for both goals in Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Fulham, with Anelka’s neat pass setting up Drogba’s opener and the Ivorian returning the favour with a through ball to his strike partner for the decisive goal in the second half.

"They can play together because they have good but different qualities. Anelka is very quick while Didier is stronger," Ancelotti said.

"They played very well, they scored one and created the other.

"In the first half Nicolas played near the wing but I prefer when they stay close together."

Ancelotti added: "We have started the season very well because we have won all of our matches.

"The team is starting to have trust and there is good motivation."

Chelsea have made a perfect start, winning their first three Premier League matches, and Drogba is convinced the team will be even more potent as his relationship with Anelka improves.

"There’s no doubt that Nicolas and I can work together," Drogba said.

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"We are intelligent people so we know how to play together. We just needed some time and it’s taking effect now.

"This is the perfect start to the season, especially as we still have a lot of improve on."

Blues skipper John Terry added a cheeky swipe at Manchester United and Liverpool, saying: "I’m delighted Didier and others have stayed and we’ve kept our squad together, unlike the other two."

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