Villas-Boas stands by Torres


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed he would still pay £50million for Fernando Torres, despite the striker's form in front of goal since his record-breaking move from Liverpool.

Torres has scored just five times in 30 matches for his new club, a statistic that is likely to be leapt upon by his former supporters when the Reds travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

But Villas-Boas insisted Torres had improved since flopping on his February debut against the same opponents, and said: "It's not bad. It's not just a question of numbers and goalscoring. It's about how you make your team perform around you."

"A striker is not only there to put the ball in the net. He's there for your team to perform and to create the goalscoring opportunities to take your team to win the games."

Villas-Boas also praised Torres' application and ability to bring others into the game - in particular Chelsea's midfield players.

"At the moment our two main goalscorers are the two midfield players [Lampard and Ramires], but for them to finish, somebody must be creating," he added.

"We create as many chances when we win as when we lose, but it doesn't mean the same players are always involved. The team is creating goalscoring opportunites so at the moment I'm happy with that performance."

Meanwhile, have suffered somewhat of a slump of late, although the did manage to narrowly triumph over Blackburn in their last league outing.

Villas-Boas, though, does not feel there is a problem with confidence in the camp, and his side are more than prepared for Liverpool's visit.

"Confidence is about how you feel and how you relate to the team around you; good things you did can inspire you during good and bad moments," he explained.

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