According to Sky Sports, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said he is not concerned by Fernando Torres’ disappointing performance at Queen’s Park Rangers on Saturday.
The Chelsea striker cut a consulate figure during his side’s goalless draw at Loftus Road. As a result, the Spaniard was substituted in the 80th minute coming off for Daniel Sturridge.
After being replaced Torres stormed down the tunnel in frustration. However, Di Matteo doesn’t believe that one poor game for the 28-year-old will mark a return to his dark days at Chelsea where he only returned three goals in the whole of 2011, “No, no, absolutely not. We can’t put too much pressure on one player.”
Torres has made an impressive start to this season scoring two goals in the European Champions first four Premier League games. Despite this, the Chelsea boss doesn’t believe the pressure should solely lie on Torres’ shoulders, “We are a team and everybody has responsibility. We’re looking for other players to score goals as well.”
Torres is now regarded as the main striker at Stamford Bridge following the departure of Didier Drogba. Di Matteo reckons that as the league leaders get to grips with playing seven games in twenty-one days, more chances will arise for England international Daniel Sturridge -who has started every game on the substitute’s bench this season – to make an impact, “As long as he keeps training well and, when he has the opportunities, show his qualities, that’s the way forward, and he will get chances to play as well.”
Di Matteo’s attention will now turn to European duties as the holders entertain the Italian champions Juventus on Wednesday. It will be a tough game for the Blues, as Juventus have made an impressive start to their Serie A campaign, winning all three games and scoring nine goals in the process.