AVB - Torres needs more luck

But Chelsea boss admits frustration over Norwich draw

Fernando Torres has now gone 15 games without a goal for Chelsea

Frank Lampard went off before half-time with a calf injury

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas believes Fernando Torres will end his drought with a little more good fortune, but admitted the 0-0 draw at Norwich was 'not enough'.

The £50million striker is now on the worst run of his career in England, having gone 15 games since finding the net against Genk in the UEFA Champions League back in October.

Torres was denied by a superb save from the excellent John Ruddy in the first half, but then showed his lack of confidence when he prodded wide from eight yards out after the break as the Canaries kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

Villas-Boas was keen to defend the Spain international but accepted his team had dropped two points in their battle to secure a top-four finish this season, with any title hopes all-but gone with leaders Manchester City 10 points clear and with a game in hand.

Good chances

"We tried to find the goal that we wanted but it was a frustrating day. We were dominant but couldn't find a goal."

Andre Villas-Boas

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He told Sky Sports: "He had a good couple of chances, and for you to have chances you have to position yourself to have those good chances and he was there present. With a little bit more luck he will find the back of the net.

"We created enough opportunities to win the game, not only for our striker but for our midfielders coming through. I think we are in the top three for teams creating goalscoring chances, it's just finding that efficiency. It's been happening all season.

"In the first half the chances were split between the two teams which made for an entertaining game, the second half was all ours and we finished with 12 shots on goal and we couldn't find the back of the net again.

"We tried to find the goal that we wanted but it was a frustrating day. We were dominant but couldn't find a goal.

"For a super-motivated Norwich (the result) is not bad, for us in the league it's not enough."


Frank Lampard left the field with a calf injury after 35 minutes and was seen on the bench with the area heavily strapped soon after.

But Villas-Boas is hopeful that the England international will not be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, although he is waiting on a further assessment.

Villas-Boas added: "It looks like a muscle tear, we need to do an MRI to assess the full extent of the damage but from what I've been told by the doctors it doesn't look that bad."