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The Italian is not keen to place any pressure on the Spanish striker
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is not going to put any more pressure on star man Fernando Torres.
The Spaniard has struggled in his first year at Stamford Bridge, before a brief goal rush in March/April, but found his form for Spain, winning the Euro 2012 golden boot.
But Di Matteo said: “I don’t want to put pressure on one player.
“We operate as a team and everybody needs to serve the team.
“Before, with Didier, I don’t think it was just an individual effort.
“Hopefully now, our strikers will score lots of goals.
“But he’s not the only one. We’ve got other strikers and attacking midfielders that can score goals.”
Di Matteo defended Torres’ price tag, saying: “The price comes from the fact that he’s been superb over the years for the teams that he’s played, for Liverpool and Spain, and so on.”
The Blues boss was delighted with Torres’ work at the end of last season.
Di Matteo said: “I was very happy with him at the end of last season.
“I have great expectations on the club and the team and he’s part of it.
“He was brought in to be a fantastic striker and, hopefully, he will be able to fit into our team and show the qualities that he has, like everybody else.”
The Italian has also been impressed with the striker in training.
Di Matteo said: “He’s won a lot of trophies last season, so he’s full of confidence and he’s only been back not long but he’s been looking good in training.”
He added: “But, for me, if my right-back scores, or the left-back, or the central midfield player scores, it doesn’t really matter.”