Fernando Torres may have failed to live up to expectations since his £50million move to Stamford Bridge in January, but Chelsea assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo insists nobody has lost confidence in the Spanish striker.

With just five goals in 32 appearances for the club, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has opted to leave the 27-year-old on the bench for each of the last four games.

Torres will be hoping to return to the starting line-up for tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final clash against his former club Liverpool, as he bids to make an impact and prove his worth.

"There are a lot of positive signs [with Torres]," said Di Matteo. "I know we all expect our strikers to score, but if they don't, you look at their performance in the team. We've been pleased.

"The goals will come, no doubt. He's got great talent and has scored goals before. He knows what to do and how to do it, and we have a lot of faith in him as well.

"He knows that. There's a lot of competition and he'll play many games. There'll be opportunities to be in the team and show the quality."

Tonight's game will also be an opportunity for Villas-Boas to rotate his squad, giving chance to a number of younger players who have so far had limited first-team action.

Josh McEachran is one of those promising stars tipped for a bright future at Chelsea, and summer signing Romelu Lukaku is also expected to be handed a chance to impress from the start.

"I think Josh is a great talent and a good player," Di Matteo added. "The competition he has comes from senior international players. He has to crack into that.

"What happens in January we don't know yet, and we'll assess the situation then. But he'll definitely be the future of this club."

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