Fernando Torres hopes that the arrival of fellow Spanish compatriot Juan Mata can help Chelsea inject some pace into their attacks, reports Sky Sports.
The former Liverpool man has been shocked at the lack of goals he has provided his new team since he joined in January and he hopes Mata can provide him with the ammunition he needs to start firing again.
‘Chelsea is, between the English teams, maybe the least English. That’s because of the kind of player Chelsea has – an older player, who plays very slow, who has a lot of possession, and that’s what the club is trying to change now,’ Torres said. ‘It’s normal that it takes some time; it’s not easy to find midfielders because the best are already in the best teams and that’s why I said that the arrival of Mata is going to give another pace to the team.’
Villas-Boas is set to select the no. 9 as Didier Drogba has been ruled out following his concussion against Norwich before the international break.
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Big season for Sturridge.
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge feels he now has proved he can get goals when given the chance at the club, Sky Sports reports.
The former Bolton-loanee scored an impressive eight goals in twelve appearances last season which proved he has more than just potential, a term which is often bandied around about the player.
Sturridge said: ‘That loan spell at Bolton last season was a chance to show not only that I belong in the Premier League but I can score goals at the highest level. When you are growing up and are deemed to have potential, it can become a worry if you don’t get the chance to play regularly.
‘You worry that potential will never turn into the finished article. That potential still lingers over my head now, but this is a big season for me. This is the year when I could turn that promise into regular first-team football at Chelsea.’
AVB: Look to Manchester.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has called on his side to match Manchester United and Manchester City after their perfect starts to the Barclays Premier League campaign, Sky Sports reports.
City and United have both accumulated a flawless nine points from their opening three games, the only teams to do so. This along with the two teams having scored a total of 25 goals tells the story of their dominance in the games played.
Villas-Boas said: ‘Man Utd played to perfection and managed to score a lot. They are, with Man City, leading the table for the Premier League and we are two behind them. We want to grab them. Our objective is on shortening distance and not on what the others do in terms of performance.’
The London club will be looking to maintain the pressure on the leading two with today’s away game at Sunderland before next Sunday’s crucial game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.