Torres gets backing from Barca playmaker

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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes Fernando Torres provides plenty aside from scoring goals - but has backed his compatriot to finally end his drought.

Torres has failed to find the net in his last nine appearances for club and country, with his most recent goal coming for Liverpool against Wolves in January.

The 27-year-old was unable to get his name on the scoresheet as Spain beat the Czech Republic in Granada on Friday but his application in recent weeks has not gone unnoticed by Iniesta.

"Fernando is doing really well. It's clear that strikers live to score, but in Granada he gave us plenty of things which people don't see such as hard work, helping out in defence and allowing others the space to play," said the midfield dynamo.

"He does work which is not noticed, but it is very fundamental for the team.

"As for the goals, I think it's only a matter of time. He has always scored and he will continue doing so and therefore there are no problems."

Torres has struggled to find his feet since moving from Liverpool to Chelsea for £50 million in January, but feels he is steadily making progress at Stamford Bridge.


"I want to score, the forwards have to score, but Chelsea play very differently to Liverpool," he told Spanish publication Sport.

"Here I can improve in many things, but I play more away from the area and I do want to score more goals.

"I have to improve the balance of play with my peers and to get in the area quicker when the ball arrives. I analyse my game and see what others do like Nicolas Anelka or Didier Drogba.

"Learning is fundamental."

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