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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas feels striker Fernando Torres is doing all the right things despite his goal drought extending to 14 games when he fired a blank against Norwich City.

The 27-year-old missed a number of opportunities to notch his first Blues goal since October, and his first in the Premier League since September.

After often looking disinterested up front for Villas-Boas men, Torres has looked more like himself of late, with Canaries stopper John Ruddy needing to be at his best to deny the Spaniard at Carrow Road on Saturday, signs his manager feels show he's coming closer to his best form.

“Strikers live off goals,” Villas-Boas said.

“Their confidence builds up and the movement improves. You can’t say that he is not trying. He is making the right movements, he is present in the box. One day I think it will go for him.”

With Didier Drogba on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Nicolas Anelka having left for Shanghai Shenhua, Torres is being handed an extended run in the first-team, but lack of alternatives mean Villas-Boas is forced to persist with the misfiring forward.

His form appeared to be on the up-turn following his goal against Manchester United, and despite missing a glaring chance later on at Old Trafford his half volley against Swansea City maintained his return to form.

A double in the visit of Genk in the Champions League gave him four goals in five, but since things have failed to improve for Torres, who is now on a record scoreless run.

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