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Ivorian forward backs under-fire strike partner Fernando Torres to get amongst the goals having failed to impress since his £50 million move to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has called upon Carlo Ancelotti to use the club’s more familiar 4-3-3 formation, stating that it is what the side are most comfortable with.

The Italian has opted to use 4-4-2 for much of the campaign, particularly since the signing of Fernando Torres, but the Blues have struggled to maintain their title-winning form of last season.

Speaking following the champions' 3-1 victory over West Brom, which saw the Ivorian start in a three-man attack alongside Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda, at the Hawthorns on Saturday, he said: “We play our best games in a 4-3-3. Everyone knows that Chelsea is stronger like that.

“We tried other formations and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 

“Most of the players who have been here six or seven years are used to it. It’s easier for us to adapt to that than any other system.”

The Ivorian has also backed much-maligned striker Torres, with the £50 (€57) million signing having failed to impress since his move from Liverpool in January.

He said: “I can play with Torres. People are putting him under pressure but you don’t lose your quality in three months. 

“It’s not easy. But you need time to adapt. We all wanted him to score. Even if he isn’t in the right position, we gave him the ball because we feel like a goal is the only thing that he is missing.

“It’s the only thing everyone is thinking about. You cannot lose the quality he has, but you can become a different player without confidence.”

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