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Jan 6, 2009

Scolari snubs Cole in striker conundrum

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari will not partner Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka together in a two-man attack until he has a genuine left winger at his disposal. Which is bad news for Joe Cole. Scolari thinks only currently injured Florent Malouda can play on the left of a 4-4-2 formation, despite seeing Joe Cole playing regularly in that position for England. Recent reports have suggested that Cole is unhappy at this situation and has been angered by being repeatedly subbed and left out by his Brazilian boss.

"I will play 4-4-2 when I have a winger who can play on the left and with his left foot," Scolari said in the Evening Standard. "When you don't have players with these characteristics it is difficult to adapt one player to play in 4-4-2.

"Florent Malouda is the only player who can play with his left foot and he is injured. Everyone else is right-footed."

Wayne Bridge, sold to Manchester City at the weekend, would also have offered a solution but is no longer an option.

Scolari has favoured a 4-3-3 formation but Chelsea have won only three of their last 10 games ahead of the Premier League clash against champions Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

Meanwhile, striker Ben Sahar has joined Dutch side De Graafschap on loan until June 30.

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