Andre Villas-Boas continues to back out-of-form Fernando Torres

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas urges Fernando Torres to be persistent as he looks to score his first goal in over 1,000 minutes

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Andre Villas-Boas insists he still has faith in Fernando Torres, despite the Chelsea striker extending his run without a goal to 17 games at Swansea City on Tuesday.

Torres, 27, marked the first anniversary of his British record £50m move to Chelsea from Liverpool by breaking the 1,000 minute mark since his last strike, which came against Genk back in October.

But Villas-Boas, whose side earned a point against Swansea after Neil Taylor’s late own-goal cancelled out Scott Sinclair’s first-half opener, is convinced Torres will start scoring regularly for the Blues.

“It is normal, he is taking his time,” said Villas-Boas. “The confidence is there and we believe a lot in the player, he helped the team with his lay offs and passing and in this situation he has to continue to persist and maybe we can create opportunities that can help us win games.

“If we need to create more opportunities for him to score then that’s what we need to do.”

Torres has enjoyed a sustained run in the Chelsea first-team with rival striker Didier Drogba away on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.

And Villas-Boas believes Drogba’s return will promote some healthy competition between the two forwards.

“The two players [Drogba and Torres] compete for the striker position, when Didier arrives back it will be healthy competition and we know the significance of Didier to this team and his goals record,” said Villas-Boas.

“We will reassess things when Didier comes back and see how tired he is. His ambition is to stay with us and try and win trophies, so he will be a major plus for the team.”

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