Boas feeling Torres heat
Published 22/07/2011 | 05:00
Andre Villas-Boas said yesterday that he did not want there to be an "obsession" over Fernando Torres' lack of goals after the €56m striker again struggled to impress for Chelsea, writes Jason Burt.
Torres failed to score and once more looked short of confidence, as Chelsea toiled to beat a makeshift Malaysian XI in the National Stadium courtesy of a late own goal -- although the ball did not cross the goal-line -- from a Didier Drogba free-kick.
Drogba replaced Torres at half-time and admitted that Chelsea were "lucky to win." The pair are yet to play together for the new manager, who, understandably, did not want too much read into such an encounter.
But having scored only once in 18 games for Chelsea last season and failing to strike against Portsmouth last weekend -- although he did score in a practice match against Wycombe Wanderers -- Torres' apparent lack of confidence is a legitimate concern.
Villas-Boas brushed this aside.
"The most important thing for us is to score and win. Whoever scores doesn't matter. These are pre-season games and they don't have the importance that people think.
"I do not want there to be an obsession with this.
"My obsession is to win trophies and take this team to success.
"I'd prefer to address it as a forward sector and focus on people gaining confidence to find the back of the net." (© Daily Telegraph, London)