Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Fernando Torres being left out of the starting squad in last weekend’s match up with West Brom will not be a regular omission.
“Everyone is hoping that Torres will score a goal and we will give him chances to do that, but it doesn’t mean he has to score,” Ancelotti said.
“For me the most important thing is he has to play well for the team, he has to move, and if possible he has to score.
“I haven’t asked for him to score, I have asked him to move for the team and to play well.”
Torres has passed a glaring 800 minutes without scoring since he signed to Chelsea in January. Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has hit form for Chelsea lately, and showed his worth by scoring in the 22nd minute to set up victory for the Blues on Saturday.
But despite a stark contrast in the strikers’ form at the minute, Ancelotti has no plans to place one in front of the other.
“The manager has to think about the team and not just one player," Ancelotti said, in regards to substituting Torres on in the 82nd minute on Saturday.
“I will be happy for Fernando when he scores and he will be involved in the next game.
“The club bought Torres not to replace Drogba. We bought him because he is a fantastic striker and he is young but Drogba has been a very important player for this club and he will be in the future.”
Ancelotti sights illness and injuries as the reason Torres was purchased for Chelsea, rather than a plan to replace Drogba.
“Didier this year had the problem of malaria so lost some months when he was not 100 per cent but after that he has been able to use his abilities for the team,” Ancelotti said.
With Torres in the squad, there is an abundance of strikers, and Chelsea will no doubt have strong back up if Drogba is injured or ill again.