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With Fernando Torres slowly returning to the form and the desperate need for the Blues to instill their full confidence in the player who has struggled for a variety of reasons to date, it may prove impossible to keep both players happy in terms of playing time.
While there is much argument to whether which striker would prove most effective spearheading Villas-Boas 4-3-3 attack, the fact remains that Torres is six years younger than Drogba and represents a substantial investment that Chelsea could only justify in performance.
But beyond the financial ramifications associated with Torres, the play of Drogba becomes ever more important as the Ivorian’s success does more than to drive the aspirations of his side but encourage peace itself.
Playing a pivotal role in bringing about peace to his home countrywhere his pleas for a cease fire after five years of civil war were answered, the striker became a hero for reasons much greater than his accomplishments on the pitch.
As a living symbol of peace it becomes ever more critical that he play as often as possible while his world class ability and body remain.