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Will Chelsea risk Didier Drogba?

by Alexander Banks on Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Will Chelsea risk Didier Drogba?Jose Mourinho must decide whether to risk Chelsea star striker Didier Drogba for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Blackburn. The 29-year-old has revealed he is "not really fit" after aggravating a knee problem in the latter stages of the Blues' defeat at Aston Villa almost two weeks ago.

The Ivorian talisman did not feature for his country over the international break and is still undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, Mourinho has challenged his Chelsea players to return from international duty and focus their minds on winning back the Premier League title.

A host of Chelsea players were away this week but the Blues boss wants them to concentrate on getting back to winning ways in the league with victory over Blackburn. Chelsea beat Rovers 3-0 last season when Mourinho's side were defending their title. BetUS.com has Chelsea -300 odds against Blackburn Rovers.

They surrendered that crown to a revitalised Manchester United but Mourinho wants the players to have the same mentality against Rovers – even though they are now trying to win the title back.

Mourinho declared: "I cannot see the difference between defending a title and trying to win a title back. When you win the title, in the next season you want to win every game to be champions again and retain the title. When we lose the title we want to win every game to bring the title back to Chelsea, I don't see the difference. For us, the aim of every competition and every game is to win but of course we cannot win every game, of course we will draw, of course we will lose, but the approach to every game is no different."

BetUS.com has posted English Premier League betting odds on Chelsea FC vs Blackburn Rovers at 2:15 PM EST:

Chelsea FC: -1 -140
Blackburn Rovers: +1 +120

Chelsea FC: -300
Blackburn Rovers: +700
Draw: +350

Over 2½ -110
Under 2½ -120

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