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Di Matteo backs Torres revival

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Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is adamant Fernando Torres can break his longest ever run without a goal.

Torres has failed to scored since October, 24 games which has undermined his career at Stamford Bridge since his £50 million departure from Liverpool.

But Di Matteo, who won his first game as temporary coach against Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Tuesday, is backing the Spaniard to bounce back.

"He (Torres) is a tremendous team player, a fantastic guy and we value him very much," Di Matteo told a news conference.

"He trains hard and he had a great game in my opinion on Tuesday night. The only thing he lacked was a goal but I don't really care who scores the goals in my team. For me it's about the team ethic.

"The goals will come for him. Everyone has moments when things don't go as they want - it's part of life."

Di Matteo has been forced to field questions of squad harmony following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, which has been partly blamed on the player power in the Blues dressing room.

However, Di Matteo has rubbished such talk under his regime, claiming all the players are working together as one.

"I've had five long and busy days," Di Matteo explained. "I've thrown myself into the job and I've just been trying to talk to all the players individually and get them on board.

"I feel I have everybody onside. I have spoken to almost all of the players because I believe this is a team effort.

"Ask me again in a few weeks or a few months. I've been in charge for five days so I can't answer that question yet."

The Italian's aim now is to galvanise fifth place Chelsea to a valuable Champions League spot, and the former West Bromwich Albion boss wants to move on from a disappointing season thus far in west London.

"I don't want to spend time discussing what went on earlier, I just want to look to the future. I've got two months to the end of the season to achieve our aims, our targets and this is what I'm going to put my energy into," he said.

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European News
Football
Chelsea
Premier League
Fernando Torres
UEFA Champions League
Roberto Di Matteo
FA Cup

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