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Michael Taylor 4th Dec 2009 - 21:30

Lescott and Toure are next in line for Drogba nightmare

After yet another week of scintillating performances from Didier Drogba it got me thinking, is there any better player in world football right now?

Fair enough Lionel Messi picked up this week's Balon D'Or after destroying the best in Europe in last season's Champions League and La Liga, but surely this time next year Drogba will be in the running.

As if his two goal haul in the emphatic 3-0 romp against the Arsenal at the weekend was not enough, he also notched another goal and slotted away a calmly taken penalty after coming on as a substitute in the League Cup.

His Chelsea side may eventually have been edged out by Blackburn but I don't expect the same fate this week when they travel, back at full strength to Mark Hughes' draw specialists Manchester City.

Roman Ambramovic's couple of billion may pale in comparison to City's owners fortunes yet, on the pitch, it's Chelsea's stars that are worth their weight in gold, with Drogba undeniably the highlight.

Carlo Ancelotti arrived in London with a massive reputation and it seems all the hype was justified as his Premier League leading Blues have come together in a manner similar to the Jose Mourinho era.

The initial few games were far from perfect, but since then it has looked all too easy for a team with a scary amount of talent both on the field and, more importantly, on the bench.

Ancelotti is a shrewd operator though and will be all too aware after seeing City dominate Arsenal's youngsters in midweek that the Citizens could cause them problems.

Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright-Phillips will run and run all game while Nigel De Jong, Gareth Barry and Stephen Ireland, if they're all selected could do a job on Chelsea's robust midfield.

For me though it all comes back to Drogba and his ability to change a game within seconds, and it seems especially poignant here against a centre back pairing that has failed to shine despite mega bucks pre-season transfers.

When Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott put pen to paper and signed for City many people were left staggered by the phenomenal combined transfer fees in excess of £40million.

Toure had being showing signs of age towards the tail-end of his Emirates stay, Lescott was an Everton mainstay but untried at the very top level and, at the minute, it seems the worries may have been valid.

The fact they've leaked seventeen goals in thirteen games isn't disastrous, it's the way a good number of them have come about.

Some slack defending leading to a Hull penalty, a Yossi Benayoun equaliser within seconds of taking a lead at Anfield and conceding a late third against Burnley have all been as a result of switching off at the back - certainly something that shouldn't happen with such an expensive back pairing.

You only have to wonder what Drogba, Frank Lampard, Nicolas Anelka and co are capable of when they head to the City of Manchester Stadium.

You might not need to wonder for too long though if the Blues start well, and you could soon be celebrating if Drogba finds the net, as I expect he will be at some point, if you've backed him at either 4/1 to score the first of the game or at evens to score anytime.

As for match betting, I'm looking away from an eighth consecutive City draw at 5/2 and firmly towards just a second loss for Mark Hughes this season priced at 5/6.

The truth is until something drastic changes, backing anything but a Blues win, no matter where they're playing is crazy.

Their defence is rock solid, their midfield is slick, powerful and creative and the main man Didier Drogba is just incredible - surely Premier League champions elect.



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