Chelsea's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has stated that key striker Didier Drogba is still some way off match fitness and as such will not start in Tuesday evening's away fixture in the Champions League against Italianpowerhouse AS Roma.
In fact, Scolari believes that Didier Drogba is only fit enough to play 20 or 25 minutes maximum and, therefore, French forward Nicolas Anelka, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, will retain his first team place.
"I think Anelka will start the game but Drogba is not ready to start a game," Scolari informed the club's official website. "Drogba can play maybe 20-25 minutes, not more. So as he is in a better condition now, I will play Anelka.
"It is very important for our squad that they have confidence in our defence, because we have very good players in midfield and in attack and there are only one or two games where we have not made any goals.
"In this UEFA Champions League we have won two games and drawn one game 0-0, so I think that when I have very good defence I have very good attack," he said.
"I think that we need to arrive in the Final. We play very well, but we don't arrive until now in any position. We need to arrive in more finals and win more finals, and maybe then, after this, it is possible to say that we are better - but not right now" he stated.