Cech: Start both Torres and Drogba
Torres yesterday left the caretaker Blues coach Di Matteo with a real selection headache for the remaining five games of the season after scoring a stunning hat-trick in the 6-1 west-London derby thrashing of Queens Park Rangers.
With Drogba also in scintillating form, Di Matteo must decide how to line up in the FA Cup final, the UEFA Champions League final and three crucial Premier League games. He must make an immediate decision for arguably the most important of the three league games at home to Newcastle United on Wednesday night.
For goalkeeper Cech, the solution is simple. "I'd start both," he said. "I believe it is possible but I don't know whether it would be done or if it would work. I am sure one day it will happen and there will be goals."
That view is in defiance of conventional wisdom, which has long held Torres and Drogba do not work as a partnership. Former manager Carlo Ancelotti quickly abandoned any attempt to start them in tandem, doing so just four times before being sacked at the end of last season. Andre Villas-Boas was just as reluctant, with Torres and Drogba in the same XI on just one occasion.
Di Matteo yesterday insisted both strikers could play together, pointing out they had done so plenty of times, although he has yet to start both of them together. Playing a twin strikeforce would involve abandoning Di Matteo's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, and although he could fit Torres in on the right, the Spaniard proved against QPR he much prefers to be the attacking spearhead.
But, getting Torres firing will mean little if Chelsea do not qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League, something they can take a huge step towards by beating fifth-placed Newcastle. Cech began the mind games ahead of Wednesday's match by pointing out the Magpies' players were in uncharted territory.
Cech said: "I think our greater experience will be really important on Wednesday because Newcastle are in a position they haven't been in for a long time, only once maybe, and we have been there many times. It could be the decisive factor but they and we have everything to play for. It will be an exciting game but our experience will help."
Pressure mounts on Chelsea
Chelsea will not need to finish in the top four if they win next month's Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. But Cech said: "We want to go to Munich and have the sense that the job is done and we can then easily concentrate only on the final. That would be the ideal scenario but we still have to fight for that to happen.
"We enjoyed the win over QPR because we scored six goals, it makes for a good goal difference, which could be important."
It certainly looks easier for Chelsea to win their final three league games than to beat Bayern on home soil, especially with the German giants having only one meaningful game, the DFB Pokal final, between now and the Champions League showpiece. "Bayern can't win the title so the only thing they will focus on is the game against us," Cech said. "We have a few games where we need to win.
"We are playing so many games with the pressure but on the other hand we will be ready to play another game with the pressure. You can never predict what is going to happen on 19 May but, hopefully, it will be a day to remember."