Carlo - Don't blame Torres

Blues boss refuses to point finger at new striker

Torres: Yet to open Blues account

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists the club's fresh slump in form is not Fernando Torres' fault.

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The Blues were beginning to rediscover their best form at late and bolstered their attacking threat with the addition of Torres.

But since the acquisition of the £50million striker the club have failed to score and lost to Liverpool and drawn at Fulham.

Ancelotti insists Torres needs time to adapt to his new surroundings and says recent results are merely a coincidence.


"It is not the fault of Fernando, obviously," said Ancelotti. "I think that he needs to have time.

"In my opinion, he played well for 60 minutes against Fulham. He had two or three opportunities.

"He didn't score but he will score, obviously.

"He needs to have time, but playing, to improve his combination with the other players. It will take time playing with us."

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Didier Drogba was axed for the Craven Cottage stalemate, but will be restored for their weekend clash with Everton in an FA Cup replay.

Ancelotti insists Drogba's spirits are high despite being benched and that he will be ready to give his all for the Stamford Bridge clash.

"Didier had a very good reaction during the week, he trained well without problem, with motivation," he continued. "He wants to play a good game tomorrow."