Roberto Di Matteo unconcerned by Fernando Torres goal drought

Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo insists he is not worried by Fernando Torres' woeful form in front of goal this term

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Roberto Di Matteo insists he is not concerned by Fernando Torres’ lack of goals – as long as Chelsea are winning games.

The £50m Spanish striker’s barren run was extended to 24 games for club and country after Tuesday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Birmingham City, with his last goal for the Blues coming in the 5-0 thrashing of Genk back in October.

But Chelsea interim boss Di Matteo, who takes charge of his first league game when Stoke visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, is not worried by the 27-year-old’s poor form in front of goal, insisting that it is only a matter of time until he starts finding the net regularly again.

“He’s a tremendous player and on top of that he’s a fantastic guy too,” Di Matteo told a news conference on Friday. “He’s a team player, we value him very much.

“He trains hard. He had a great game in my opinion on Tuesday night – the only thing maybe missing was a goal but I’m not concerned.

“I don’t really care who scores in my team. For me, it’s a team effort that’s important. I know you focus on the goalscorers but for me, we are through to the next round and that’s it.

“[The goals] will come. I’m sure you’ve had some bad moments in your life when not everything went the way you wanted. It’s part of life, it’s part of a professional career.”

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