Mata predicts Torres revival


Juan Mata has every confidence Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres will eventually become a big hit at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish striker has found the net only five times since joining the Blues from Liverpool in a record £50 million deal almost a year ago.

This sustained barren run in front of goal means Torres is far from a guaranteed regular under Andre Villas-Boas, and Monday represented only his seventh league start this season.

Torres, though, for all his endeavours was unable to register a goal as Chelsea were held at home 1-1 by local rivals Fulham on Boxing Day.

However, Mata saw enough from his compatriot to suggest he still has the ability to overcome this extended dry patch and justify his hefty price tag.

"Fernando had a good movement to score earlier in the first half but the keeper saved as well, but Fernando is working hard every day in training and for sure the goal arrives soon," Mata told the official Chelsea website.

"Fernando always has the goals and for sure for Chelsea he has to score a lot of goals."

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