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Di Matteo: I have no problem with Torres

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Roberto di Matteo has moved to dismiss claims he has a problem with Fernando Torres after the Spaniard reacted angrily to being substituted in Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against QPR in Saturday.

Chelsea dropped points for the first time in the Premier League this season as they drew a blank against their west London rivals last weekend.

However Di Matteo insists Torres was withdrawn purely for tactical reasons and that there is no lingering resentment between the pair.

"There's no problem with Fernando," Di Matteo said. "He's played all the games before I made the change.

"It was 0-0 and I tried to change the dynamic of the game."

Di Matteo did however warn Torres that he is not guaranteed a starting spot, with Daniel Sturridge, who replaced the former Liverpool forward on Saturday, pushing for a place in his starting line-up.

"You will see more of him [Sturridge] in the future, for sure," the Italian said.

However Torres will likely get the chance to lead the line tonight as Chelsea get the defence of their Champions League crown up and running against Juventus at Stamford Bridge.

Di Matteo says he is dreaming of guiding Chelsea into the history books by claiming back to back Champions League wins for the first time in the competition’s history.

“At a club like Chelsea, the pressure is always on to win more trophies and have more success," he said.

"It just has proved impossible for anybody to win it twice. But we will try to do the impossible."

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