Pre-season signs are good for £50million man

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Whether a player commands a transfer fee of £50 million or £50,000, it is always important to make good first impression when a new manager is appointed.

Thankfully for Fernando Torres, he has done just that since Andre Villas-Boas was named as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Chelsea, scoring twice during pre-season thus far.

The Spain international opened his account in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wycombe - Villas-Boas’ first game in charge - and has since added another, this time during the Barclays Asia Trophy.

The latter came against Barclays Premier League rivals Aston Villa - and also happened to be Torres' first touch of the game - and will only serve to further reinforce his confidence, which was dented somewhat last season.

"It gives you confidence when you score with the first ball you touch, but especially because with a 2-0 lead we closed the game," said the 27-year-old.

"A striker has to always be ready to score and when you score with the first time you touch the ball you have already done your work so everything is easier after that."

Villas-Boas has so far experimented with a couple of front-line formations in order to gauge which will be most effective when the new season gets underway in under two week's time.

The Portuguese initially adopted a 4-3-3 formation - often favoured by his predecessor - but, against Villa, chose to play a traditional front two, supported by a midfield diamond.


And Torres believes this versatility will surely only benefit Chelsea in their quest for glory both domestically and on the continent.

"When you have players with quality and players who can play in different positions you are able to use different formations and that is good," he added.

"Because depending on the opposition and the scoreline and the competition, you have to change the system. It is very good news as it is working very well, the same as the 4-3-3.

"Our fitness is very good, we have won all the games we have played and it is only two weeks until the start of the season. The manager has given minutes to everyone and everyone feels they are part of the team and that is important."

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