Do it my way and forget £50m tag, Villas-Boas tells misfiring Torres

Andre Villas-Boas has told Fernando Torres to be strong and forget about his £50million price tag.

The Chelsea boss is a record managerial signing and wants the struggling striker to follow his approach.

‘Fernando has to be strong to handle coming in on that price tag,’ said Villas-Boas, who joined from Porto last summer with £13m compensation paid.

Troubled: Fernando Torres (top right) has struggled at Chelsea

Troubled: Fernando Torres (top right) has struggled at Chelsea

£12.14M PER GOAL

The cost of each of the seven Premier League goals scored by Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll since their combined £85m transfers last January

‘I have the most expensive price tag on a manager and I feel indifferent about it.

‘I know what we want to achieve. It doesn’t make me more or less nervous.’

He claims Torres’s creativity has made up for only scoring three goals in 22 league games since leaving Liverpool.

Fernando Torres v Andy Carroll


The Wiltshire official has never taken charge of this fixture and is a late stand-in for Martin Atkinson, who has been given a Champions League game this week.

Probert has refereed Liverpool twice and Chelsea once this term, booking a player from both sides.

But he has set up less than a chance per game on average, a decline from his Anfield days, when he made more than one a match.

Andy Carroll, Torres’s successor at Anfield, has created at a similar rate but has scored only four league goals in 17 games.

‘If you can play, money is irrelevant,’ said Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.

Terry slip-ups prove costly for Chelsea

Chelsea have conceded five goals in the Premier League this season as a
direct result of defensive mistakes, grouping them with the most error-prone sides in the division.

Captain John Terry has made two of the five mistakes, with his slip in the defeat by Arsenal an obvious one. Alex, Florent Malouda and Henrique
Hilario were at fault for the others.

Chelsea v Liverpool

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