AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi has dismissed the suggestion that Fernando Torres' best years are behind him and claimed that he feels duty-bound to help the Spaniard rediscover his best form.
Torres established himself as one of the most feared forwards in world football during his time with Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.
However, he infamously failed to justify his transfer fee following his €50 million move to Chelsea in 2011 and, after being allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in August, he is now struggling to find his feet at San Siro.
Inzaghi, though, is in no doubt that Torres still has much to offer at the highest level, using his own career as a case in point.
"He’s not on a downward spiral," the former Milan and Italy striker told reporters on Saturday. "I had my best years of my career beyond the age of 30.
"He needs to re-find his self-confidence and it’s all down to me. It’s my duty.
"Torres is not a problem. I have to do everything to get the best out of him. Torres is a great champion."
Inzaghi, who succeeded Clarence Seedorf as Milan coach during the summer, joined Milan from Juventus in 2001and went on to write himself into Rossoneri history by scoring both goals in their Champions League win over Liverpool six years later at the age of 33.