Di Matteo: Chelsea have every confidence in Torres

The Italian says the striker is looking good in training and is hoping both he and Daniel Sturridge can score lots of goals for the Blues in 2012-13
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has given Fernando Torres his full backing and is expecting goals from the striker as the Blues prepare for the new season.

The Spain international managed just six Premier League goals last term but Di Matteo wants more from Torres this campaign, particularly now Didier Drogba has left the club for Shanghai Shenhua.

“He scored some important goals for us last season,” said Di Matteo, according to the Daily Mail.

“I don’t want to put pressure on one player. We operate as a team. Hopefully, our strikers will score lots of goals. But he’s not the only one. We have Daniel Sturridge and midfielders who can score, too.

“His price comes from the fact that he’s been superb for the teams he’s played for in the past. We have every confidence in him.”

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Torres’ struggles at Chelsea have been well-documented but, having scored against Barcelona in the Champions League last season as well as collecting the golden boot at Euro 2012, Di Matteo says things are looking up and that the Spaniard is raring to go.

“I was very happy with him at the end of last season,” he added.

“There are great expectations on the club and the team and he is part of that. He was brought in to be a fantastic striker and, hopefully, he will be able to fit into our team and show the qualities he has. He’s full of confidence and is looking good in training."

Chelsea go into the new season with trophies to defend, after winning the FA Cup and Champions League last season, but Di Matteo claims he has already put the European Cup triumph behind him.

"I have to forget about the Champions League, absolutely," he said.

"It’s part of the past, done and dusted. We have a new start, new challenges and it’s going to be difficult for us. Everybody is going to raise their game against us."