New Chelsea boss has no problem with Nando

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When a club pays £50million for your services, there is always going to be huge expectation and, as with all new strikers, they are ultimately going to be judged on the number of goals scored.

So, six months into his Chelsea career, Fernando Torres' return of just one goal in 18 Blues appearances has understandably raised a few questions – and eyebrows.

But, just as Nicolas Anelka mentioned yesterday, the best of the super Spaniard is still to come and the Frenchman is confident that now Torres is settled at the Bridge, the goals will start to flow once again.

New boss Andre Villas-Boas shares the same view and has backed Torres to turn things around, and prove the doubters wrong by firing Chelsea to glory in 2011-12.

"I don't want to turn Torres into an obsession like you people are trying to do," he said. "I am not going to waste time over this. I disagree that he is lacking in confidence.

"Every time a player doesn't score, I am asked questions about him. I agree that Torres is a £50 million striker but my focus is purely on the performance of the team, not the individual."


Villas-Boas' ethos he is trying to instil at Chelsea is all about the collective group, not about any particular individual. Hence the reason he wants to be known as ‘The Group One’ not ‘The Special One’.

It certainly is a different style of management - a far cry from the approach of one of his Blues' predecessors Jose Mourinho - the most successful manager in the club's history.

Speaking after his side's 1-0 victory over a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, thanks to a goal from second half sub Didier Drogba, who replaced Torres, Villas-Boas remained upbeat about the performance of his strikers, and the team as a whole.

"It doesn't matter who scores," he continued. "These are pre-season games and they don't have the importance that some people think. The point of these games is to get a feel for your team and achieve your objectives in terms of fitness and training.

"To gain the confidence to find the back of the net, Torres needs training, tolerance and patience. It doesn't look like he is getting this at the moment but we are ready to give our forwards this patience.

"The question of Fernando and Drogba not scoring together is an obsession for people at the moment. They will eventually perform for the team well enough for us to be successful."

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