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AVB: Torres out of luck

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Torres was wide of the mark at Norwich (©GettyImages)
Torres was wide of the mark at Norwich (©GettyImages).

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has defended Fernando Torres and insisted he just needs some luck to end his dreadful run.

Torres was guilty of a terrible miss in a disappointing goalless draw for the Stamford Bridge side at Norwich City.

The Blues boss was positive about Torres’ movement and thought he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

“He had a good couple of chances, and for you to have chances you have to position yourself to have those good chances and he was there present,” he told Sky Sports.

“With a little bit more luck he will find the back of the net.”

The Spain striker forced a good save from the impressive John Ruddy in the Norwich goal but also shot wide when facing goal just six yards out.

It was just one of many interventions from Ruddy in what was a frustrating afternoon for the Londoners.

Villas-Boas felt his side had done enough to take all three points, but lamented the poor finishing form his team.

It was testament to Ruddy’s performance and Chelsea’s inability to finish off their chances that this was Norwich’s first clean sheet this season inthe Barclays Premier League.

The Portuguese boss admitted the problems on show at Carrow Road have been with his side all season.

He was also downbeat about Chelsea’s title chances after only being able to take a point from the game and conceded they were falling away in the race.

“We created enough opportunities to win the game, not only for our striker but for our midfielders coming through.,” he added.

“I think we are in the top three for teams creating goalscoring chances, it's just finding that efficiency. It's been happening all season.

“We tried to find the goal that we wanted but it was a frustrating day. We were dominant but couldn't find a goal.

“For a super-motivated Norwich (the result) is not bad, for us in the league it's not enough.”

Topics:
Norwich City
Football
Chelsea
Premier League
Fernando Torres
John Ruddy
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