Roberto di Matteo insists he is not concerned by Fernando Torres’ lack of goals in recent weeks – and says he will continue to use the rotation policy that saw both John Terry and Frank Lampard dropped to the bench for Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Stoke today.
Chelsea looked to be heading for their third draw in the space of a week following their stalemates against QPR and Juventus, only for Ashley Cole to slot home a late winner at Stamford Bridge and ensure Chelsea stay at the top of the Premier League table.
Torres has now not scored since Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle before the international break, something of a worry for Di Matteo with his only other outright striker, Daniel Sturridge, currently out of action through injury.
However the Italian maintains that the potency of his side going forward means that it is not solely down to Torres to fire them to victory.
“First of all, hopefully Daniel Sturridge will be back next weekend hopefully, so it’s not a long time,” he said after the game.
“Secondly I don’t care who scores. We’ve got goals coming from everywhere in our team from the midfielders to the defenders, which makes us more unpredictable.”
Di Matteo also moved to defend his decision to drop Terry and Lampard, both of whom came on as substitutes, saying he needs to protect his players to ensure they can stay fresh for the duration of the season.
“It was just utilising the squad,” the Italian said. “We have some good players, it’s a good squad and I wanted to put a couple of fresh players in, that’s all. We’ve done it many, many times before and we’ll continue to use the squad because we play so many games.
“The guys have played a lot of games already and we’ve got many games to come so using the squad is very important for us, because we don’t want to get to November and be burned out.”
Chelsea host Wolves in the Capital One Cup in mid-week before going head to head with Arsenal on Saturday.