AVB dismisses Carlo’s Torres comments


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has rejected the claims of former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti regarding Fernando Torres.


Ancelotti said in an interview that Torres would not thrive at Stamford Bridge until Didier Drogba leaves.


The former AC Milan chief said this was due to Drogba ‘devouring’ competition in training, but Villas-Boas has suggested the opposite.


"For me, it's not the case,” he told reporters at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Norwich City.


“Fernando has been with us a year and is in a great moment of form and looking sharp.


“It's nothing to do with one being present and the other one not – in a club of our dimension, we have top competition.


“The people you compete with are as good or better than you and you have to compete to reach the starting XI.


“It is the same with Barcelona and Real Madrid; you compete with the best within the group."


The Portuguese’s comments on Torres’ form have been echoed by many in the press since his impressive display against Sunderland last weekend.


The Spain international is beginning to return to form and it appears as though the absence of Drogba due to Africa Cup of Nations duty has had some effect.


Torres is now guaranteed a run of games in the side and he has the opportunity to find his feet once more.


He has not scored in the league since the defeat of Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 24, but an acrobatic volley created the winning goal against Sunderland.


A number of other close attempts suggested he is getting closer to relieving his drought and a leaky Norwich City defence could be the perfect opponents to help.

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