Misfiring Torres could be dropped for crucial trip to Turin.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is set to drop Fernando Torres for his team’s UEFA Champions League clash with Juventus, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Misfiring Spaniard Torres has managed just 11 league goals since joining Chelsea for £50m from Liverpool in January 2011, four of which have come the season. It is understood that boss Di Matteo is growing increasingly frustrated with the 28-year-old and could start Daniel Sturridge up front for the trip to Turin.
The Blues manager has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, dropping points in each of their last four Premier League games – against Manchester United, Swansea City, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
A heated debate could be heard from the dressing room after the defeat to West Brom, with Petr Cech audibly annoyed at his team’s defensive errors.
“That’s f***ing rubbish and you know it,” was yelled at the peak of the matter by one player.
Chelsea’s place in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League is also far from assured.
The Blues and Shakhtar Donetsk both lead Group E with 7 points, but Juventus are far from out of the running as they are just a point behind with two games remaining.
Chelsea’s future – and that of Roberto Di Matteo – are therefore dependent on a good result in Turin, and the Blues manager confirmed that he would consider dropping Fernando Torres when asked.
“I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.
“A lot of players have only come back [from international duty] yesterday or maybe Thursday afternoon from everywhere, from Europe and the rest of the world.
“We will assess them and see what the right selection is for Tuesday. [But] if I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yeah.”
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