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Monday 20 August 2018

Chelsea boss defends misfiring Torres

IS FERNANDO a €60 million flop already? Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti pleaded with Blues fans to give more time to Fernando Torres as the Spanish striker drew a blank yet again last night.

But Ancelotti's club are now running out of time in the English title race. Last night's 0-0 draw against Fulham leaves Chelsea in fifth place in the table, 12 points behind Manchester United and with a fight on their hands to secure even Champions League qualification.

Chelsea failed to score and Torres will be frustrated at Ancelotti's decision to replace him with Didier Drogba for the last 20 minutes on a night when Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was a spectator at Craven Cottage.

But the form of Torres is a concern for Blues fans, as Ancelotti denied that the record signing was suffering from frustrtation.

"Every striker wants to score but I don't think that Torres is frustrated," Ancelotti said. "He needs to have time to play with us and after one week, his performance was better last night than against Liverpool.

"He used his ability to move and he had some opportunities in the first half. I took him off just to use Didier, who was fresh and with power.

"It is very difficult to come back to the top of the league but we have important games to come until the end because we have also the FA Cup and next week we start the Champions League. The most important thing is to finish in the top four and I think we will be able to do this."

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