Anelka central to Blues’ hopes

Anelka will be the main striker for the Blues with Ivory Coast

forward Didier Drogba sitting out the last game of his two-match

suspension. Chelsea won their opening game in Group F 4-1 against

Slovakian minnows MSK Zilina, with Anelka getting on the scoresheet

twice. Ancelotti will be looking for more of the same from the

former France international, especially against the French

champions. “I don’t think he will be afraid or scared because the

game is on French television,” said Ancelotti. “He is in a

fantastic moment and he will play for the team as he always does.

“He is able to play in every position up front. For his kind of

skills he is perfect to play up front because he has speed, he has

quality and he can support the players who come from midfield. “He

is a fantastic striker for this reason. He is able to play in every

position on the pitch.” Ancelotti confirmed that England midfielder

Frank Lampard’s hernia problem has forced him out of the game

against Marseille and England’s next Euro 2012 qualifier against

Montenegro next month. Also missing are injured striker Salomon

Kalou and midfielder Yossi Benayoun and although Chelsea suffered

their first league defeat of the season against Manchester City

last Saturday, following their Carling Cup exit to Newcastle,

Ancelotti remains largely unconcerned. “I said before Saturday that

it would be very difficult to be unbeaten during the season because

it is very competitive here,” said Ancelotti. “I don’t ask my

players for a reaction. We have to play our football and pay

attention. Marseille will look to get three points from this game

because they lost the first one.” Marseille boss Didier Deschamps

insists his side must be on top form if they are to get any reward

from the clash. Deschamps returns to his former club boosted by two

league victories but he is acutely aware Marseille cannot afford to

make any mistakes against a Chelsea side smarting from two

successive defeats. After defeat to Spartak Moscow, Deschamps knows

it is imperative they get something from their trip to west London.

“Winning two games does not so much give us a guarantee but a

calmness going into this game,” said Deschamps. “It is a bigger

task taking on a team like Chelsea. “We have got to go into this

game making no mistakes and playing at our top level. “I did watch

(Chelsea’s) game against Manchester City, who did a lot of good

things that hopefully we can repeat. “Chelsea at home in a European

tie against most teams would be favourites. There is a lot of

experienced heads in their team. They can cope with two defeats.

But we are not here just to watch them play.”