Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and goalkeeper Petr Cech have come out in defence of Spanish striker Fernando Torres following the Blues' 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United yesterday.

Torres scored the Blues' only goal to bring Villas-Boas' side back into the game early in the second-period after going three goals down in the opening 45 minutes, but the striker's delicate lob will be forgotten by a terrible miss in the final 15 minutes of the game.

After rounding compatriot David de Gea, the striker sliced his effort wide in-front of an open-goal, preventing the possibility of a frantic final period in a game that saw the visitors match the English champions in most aspects apart from finishing.

Despite the miss, it was a performance that showed vast improvement from the £50 million January signing, and Czech international stopper Cech thinks more goals are around the corner for 'El Nino'.

"This is one thing in football that happens and what he can remember is he played really well and scored a great goal. I can see every time the guy is improving. At Stoke, he had a brilliant match and was unlucky not to score," Cech told PA.

"The last match, he created both goals against Bayer Leverkusen and against United he created a huge chance for Ramires in the first half, which if he'd left for Daniel Sturridge, it would have been a simple tap-in.

"He also scored a great goal and then got himself another opportunity and, unfortunately, I don't know what happened. But I am not worried about it, he will score goals. He scores goals and can create them. Ideally, you want your striker to score but if Torres creates two goals every game then who cares?"


 

Former Porto boss Villas-Boas highlighted Wayne Rooney's penalty miss in the same game as an example of how such misses can happen, although the United striker could put his slice down to a slip on the Old Trafford turf.

However, the scoreline helped amplify Torres' miss further, and Villas-Boas is confident the striker's luck will simply turnaround sooner rather than later.

"Two of the best world strikers missed crazy opportunities," said AVB post-match.

"It happened to Fernando, but it also happened to Rooney. It's nothing dramatic, sometimes these balls go in. I think luck didn't fall on our side."

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