Andre Villas-Boas has sent a warning to out-of-form striker Fernando Torres, that the player may be dropped if his form for the London club does not improve.
Talking before tomorrows game against Stoke City, Villas-Boas told the Daily Mail: “I have no problem dropping players. You have to persist, but it can never compromise the objectives of your team and the things you want to achieve. At the moment, when it compromises the running of the team, it has to come to an end. I don’t have a first-choice striker. We have to make choices regarding what we see in training.”
The former Liverpool man is set to play the next two league games with the Blues after Didier Drogba was ruled out injured.
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No Modric Jan bid.
The Chelsea manager has also spoken on the hot topic of the summer, the clubs persuit of Tottenham star Luka Modric, and appears to have ruled out a move for the Croatian in the Janury transfer window.
When asked by Reuters if a deal may yet be done, the Portuguese replied: “No, I don’t think so. The market is closed now and I won’t speculate on what happens in January. We wanted to fill in a space in midfield and bring one more player in and Raul (Meireles) has that ability, he can play in the channels or behind the strikers, and with what we wanted to achieve in terms of the playing style, Raul fits the requirements.”
Ballack: We should have won more.
Former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack believes that the club should have been more successful when he was playing there, and put some blame on owner Roman Abramovic for regular managerial changes.
Talking to The Times, Ballack, who made 105 appearances for Chelsea after his move from Bayern Munich, suggested a more long-term approach may have helped: “Chelsea should have won more trophies with their squad because the quality is there. The ambition was there and you can see what the club has spent on players. Changing the manager every year did not help, but you cannot expect to have a situation like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.”