Roberto Di Matteo ready to axe Fernando Torres

Updated: November 19, 2012
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Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has hinted that he may drop Fernando Torres for the Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday, following the 28 year-old recent goal drought.

Chelsea are 16/5 with Boylesports to beat Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday

The Spaniard, who looks a shadow of the player at his days at Liverpool, looked out of sorts again for Chelsea and has only scored once in his last seven appearances for the Blues and it looks like that Di Matteo has finally run out of patience.

On Torres, he said: “We are sharing the goals around, but we need our strikers to score, that’s ultimately what they are there for -to score goals.We had plenty of a chances to win. We have to score them. You can’t always rely on three goals to win a game, sometimes you have to win the game one-nil, be responsible in our defending and bring the points home.”

He added, “Am I prepared to leave Torres out on Tuesday? I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.”
“A lot of players only came back Thursday afternoon or Friday from internationals in Europe and the rest of the world.

“We will assess them and see what the right selection is for Tuesday. If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yes.”

Fernando Torres is now facing the embarrassment of being axed for Chelsea’s crucial Champions League clash against Juventus as it emerges he wants to move back to Spain and potentially, Torres could return to Atletico Madrid as part of Chelsea’s move to sign Radamel Falcao.

After Didier Drogba’s departure to Shanghai Shenhua in the summer, Chelsea had hoped Torres would finally rediscover the form that persuaded him to smash the British transfer record to sign him from Liverpool in 2011. However, Torres has shown little sign of improvement, scoring only four Premier League goals this season.

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