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Italian determined to avoid talk of title challenge

By Greg Stobart at Bloomfield Road

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not worried about Fernando Torres as the £50 million man continues to wait for his first goal after five games for the club.

The Blues beat Blackpool 3-1 at Bloomfield Road on Monday night and are now nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United having played one game less than Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Chelsea won the game thanks to a second-half double from Frank Lampard after John Terry had given them the lead with a 20th minute header.

But Torres was once again subdued and there were no signs of any improvement in the Spaniard's partnership with Didier Drogba as both players were kept quiet by the hosts' defence.

Ancelotti defended Torres' performance and says he has no worries over his form or his relationship with Drogba.

“We're happy about this performance,” he told reporters after the match. “He's a top scorer and he will score, it's not a problem.

“Torres showed good movement with Drogba in the first-half. It's important he is working for the team – game by game he will improve and he will score.

“I think they played well, with good combination. I didn't ask them to play closer, we wanted to stretch Blackpool's defence.”

Ancelotti also refused to think too far ahead and was keen to play down his side's chances of catching United and Arsenal to retain the Premier League title.

He added: “Our aim is to finish first in the table. Obviously we're closer to Manchester United but we don't have to think too far ahead.

“We have a nine point gap. It's too far away to think we can fight for the title. It's easier to think game by game.

“I think our bad moment is over. We've played well and got good results in our last three games. The bad moment is gone. Finally.”

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