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Chelsea still short of striking quality

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It must have been a bitter-sweet night for Jose Mourinho. Chelsea's manager had clearly been stressed before the game and he admitted that he had transferred that pressure to his players.

Quoted by the Daily Telegraph, he said: "I put that pressure on them because we have to do everything we can to keep Chelsea playing in the Champions League because the Champions League is our competition."

Clearly the pressure was turned into a result on the pitch by Chelsea's players as they won 4-0 against Steaua Bucharest.

However, just look at last night's goalscorers. There were two from Ramires - playing in defensive midfield - and one from Frank Lampard, who was also not in an attacking position. Chelsea's other goal was a result of misfortune on the part of Steaua defender Daniel Georgievski, who turned the ball into his own net.

So there were three Chelsea goals from two midfielders. That is all well and good against a side that were mediocre at best, but transfer that back to the Premier League and Chelsea will not get so lucky as has been clear after a less-than-impressive start to the season.

The striking department was already an area of concern for Chelsea as doubts have grown over the capabilities of the ageing Samuel Eto'o and the ineffectual Demba Ba. Fernando Torres had shown signs of returning to form until his injury in the 11th minute last night.

As has already been said, it would only take an injury to just one of Chelsea's strikers for a crisis to rear its ugly head and that is what happened last night. Torres was replaced by Eto'o but the Cameroonian was still unable to score his first goal for the Blues.

Romelu Lukaku must have again been thinking that he was more than capable of being the man that Chelsea are looking for as he continues to blossom away from his parent club. Chelsea are waiting on Torres' injury but it is understood that he will be out for a minimum of two or three weeks.

Chelsea's next Champions League game is against Schalke on October 22. If only Ba and Eto'o are available for that fixture, Mourinho will be hoping that at least one of them is in form. If not, the Portuguese will be waiting anxiously for Torres' return to fitness.

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