Fernando Torres’ Form Not a Worry For Chelsea Boss Di Matteo
Fernando Torres celebrates as he rediscovers his scoring touch against Ireland. (Photo: Reuters)
Fernando Torres has been missing his target rather too many times for an avid Chelsea fan. In fact, the striker has barely managed a shot on the target in his last three outing for the Blues.
However, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo's support for the Spaniard is unflinching. Di Matteo leapt to his defence when reporters questioned about the 28-year-old's form.
"We're happy with him (Torres). Even when he doesn't score, he provides and works hard for the team and he's always an outlet for us. At the moment, there is no issue for us," Di Matteo said after their 1-0 English Premier League win over Stoke City Saturday.
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Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit was clearly sarcastic when he had said it felt "like Chelsea are playing with 10 men" after the club's Champions League draw with Juventus Wednesday.
Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million in January 2011. The Spaniard has not scored since Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-0 in August.
"He's full of confidence and he's playing and he's playing well and he's scoring goals; not in the last couple of games but he's scored," said Di Matteo.
"He's always busy, keeping defenders busy and moving and doing the right stuff. I don't see any problem you are talking about."
Besides, the Blues hardly have a choice considering that Daniel Sturridge is out with an injury and Torres is their only recognized centre-forward.
"That's not in discussion at the moment. We have a forward and we're happy with our forward," Di Matteo said about the equation adding, "Hopefully, Daniel Sturridge will be fit and back soon as well. At the moment, our system is playing with a forward."
Di Matteo said that he was least bothered about Torres' form and has insisted on using the rotation policy. With the policy under place, Chelsea captain John Terry and Frank Lampard were warming the benches in Saturday's English Premiership game against Stoke City.
The two were only brought in as substitutes late into the game. "It's just about utilizing the squad," said the Italian about the move.
"We have some good players, it's a good squad and I wanted to put a couple of fresh players in, that's all. We've done it many, many times before and we'll continue to use the squad because we play so many games," Di Matteo told reporters.
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