Dominic Fifield, if you are unaware, is a reporter from the Guardian and if this news is true it’s certainly interesting. Chelsea are yet to play Fernando Torres as a lone striker and this seems like a risky time for such an extreme tactical shift; the smart money here would be on an attack-minded 4-3-3 from the Blues with Torres flanked by Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou.
There’s much more to this story than the tactical impact of course; Fernando Torres, as you may possibly have heard in passing at some point recently, has yet to score since moving to Chelsea from Liverpool and it’s not as though he’s made any massive contributions not related to putting the ball in the net either. While it’s reasonable to expect him to have a break-out moment at some point he’s been in poor form for a not insignificant period of time and to start him in favor of Drogba is somewhat of a surprise to say the least. There’s no real way of knowing at this point how much of an impact the wishes of Roman Abramovich might have played into the decision, but make no mistake-fair or not, questions are being asked.