Fernando Torres Update

Fernando Torres

The Portuguese was asked questions about Fernando Torres.

Torres was denied in the opening two minutes by Mohd Farizal Marlias and still seems ill-at-ease playing for Chelsea.

Villas-Boas says there is “an obsession” with the Spaniard’s fitness.

“I wouldn’t want to turn it into an obsession like people are trying to,” Villas-Boas said. “My obsession is to win trophies with this team and take them to success. Rather than individually, I’d prefer to address it as a ‘forward sector’ and focus on people gaining confidence to find the back of the net. That comes with training, patience and tolerance, which it looks like he isn’t getting at this moment. But we, at Chelsea, are ready to give our forwards this kind of patience.

“Every time a player doesn’t score, people ask questions about him. I know he is a £50m striker but people’s focus is purely on the individual and not the performance of the team. You know the importance the collective has for me. I’m not going to lose time over this. Things will happen naturally.”

Torres has scored in pre-season – seven minutes after his introduction in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wycombe at Cobham. But he did not score a goal at Fratton Park last weekend and again this weekend in front of a staggering crowd of 84,9800. .

“Again, the question of Fernando and Drogba not scoring together is an obsession for people at the moment,” said the manager. “They will eventually perform for the team well enough for us to be successful. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. It’s a decision of the technical staff.”

It is rumored that Chelsea may add coveted Romelu Lukaku to the ranks.

“Let’s wait and see if it becomes a reality or not,” added Villas-Boas. “I don’t think we need to (bring in another forward). We have, at the moment, plenty of availability in terms of forwards.”

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