Hughes expects Blues to gel

Fulham boss believes Drogba and Torres can play together

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Fulham boss Mark Hughes expects Chelsea's new strike partnership Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres to gel.

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The Blues splashed out a whopping £50million bringing former Liverpool man Torres to Stamford Bridge.

The pair failed to hit the ground running as a pairing in last Sunday's 1-0 defeat to the Reds, although they now tackle Fulham on Monday night.

Ex-City boss Hughes believes in time they will gain an understanding as Drogba has been the club's shining light in recent seasons.


"I expect them to gel together. They are good players so it will be interesting to see how the team shapes up," said the Fulham boss.

"In the last few years with all its success, Chelsea have been based around a focal point which has been Drogba.

"He has a few others which support him as well - will that change with Torres? We will see. There is an expectation that the boy will play.

"I know (Chelsea manager) Carlo Ancelotti has played the diamond before so there could be a different formation now.

"Carlo has been working with formations all his life and will find the right fit, but with Torres it initially may take time."