Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is suffering with a ‘psychological problem’, according to interim manager Roberto di Matteo, The
Torres has scored just five goals in the 13 months he has been at Chelsea following his record £50m transfer from Liverpool. The Spanish international is now just 23 minutes shy of not scoring in a Blues shirt for 24 hours of football. Torres had the chance to stop his drought with a penalty against Birmingham City last week, but refused to take the kick and handed the ball to Juan Mata, who then missed.
Di Matteo is not expected to pick Torres again for Wednesday’s crunch Champions League tie with Napoli and the Chelsea caretaker boss believes the 27 year old has a problem which he can only change and solve. Didier Drogba scored against Stoke City on Saturday and the Ivorian is expected to hold his place in the starting line-up, whilst Torres tries to recapture the form he showed at Liverpool. Di Matteo believes it will happen soon, as long as Torres follows some basic steps.
“He has a psychological problem and only Fernando can unlock it. If he needs me, I am always here, but it is obvious the change must come from him. He must not think about how much he cost the club. He should not think about scoring goals, only about playing simple football. The rest will take of itself”, Di Matteo stated.
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