Chelsea boss Di Matteo expecting Torres to be 'fantastic' next season

The Spanish striker has impressed after winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2012, and the Italian coach believes that there will be plenty of goals for him in the upcoming campaign
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is expecting Fernando Torres to carry over his recent form for Spain at Euro 2012 to the Premier League.

Torres, who hit the back of the net in Spain’s Euro 2012 final victory over Italy, will be raring to go when he returns to pre-season training according to the former West Brom boss.

Torres’ future at Chelsea was in doubt after he expressed his anger at being omitted from Roberto Di Matteo's starting line-up for their Champions League final against Bayern Munich, but despite this, Di Matteo has admitted he is confident Torres will fully commit to Chelsea when he returns to training next week.

"There is no concerns about Fernando at all," Di Matteo told Football365. "I did have a chat with him the morning after the [Champions League] final, and have been in touch since as well.

"[The disappointment] was a feeling he had at the time, but I will continue to speak to the players.

"I am expecting him here in a good mood, to be buzzing and be very good next season.

"Certainly winning the Golden Boot and the Euros, along with the trophies they won with us should give them a lot of confidence.

"I expect him next season to be a fantastic player with us."

Di Matteo has admitted Torres does not have a guaranteed place in the Chelsea starting XI, despite the recent loss of Didier Drogba to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

"We have three strikers at the moment in the squad, and I would not be saying who is going to be playing.

"They will all have to fight for their position and there is healthy competition.

"Whomever is in the best form and can give the best for the team will be playing."

Di Matteo is confident Frank Lampard will be another player that will be prove to be an influential member of Chelsea's dressing room this year.

"Frank is a very fit man and can play for many years to come," he added.

"He was very influential towards the end of last season maybe playing a little deeper role. He made some key passes and he performed very well.

"I was very happy. It depends on how he feels physically and mentally, and I don't see any problems with him going on."

Di Matteo stated that a squad overhaul is not necessary, however, despite some integral members of the squad starting to come towards the end of their careers.

"Chelsea have never been a defensive side over the years and won't turn into one overnight, there may be a tactical situation when you have to play like that but I can't see our club turning into a defensive side.

"It was successful the way we approached certain games but it was just three games and the rest of the games weren't approached like that.

"It is not a question of overhauling the squad it is a question of finding the right players to integrate into the team.

"The team will change face over time as the players move on or retire and new players come into the team."