Ancelotti prepared to drop Torres

09 April 2011 09:44
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said he is not afraid to drop Fernando Torres for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Manchester United.Striker Torres, 27, has yet to score for Chelsea in nine matches since his £50m switch from Liverpool in January. [LNB]And asked if he feared owner Roman Abramovich's reaction by dropping the player Ancelotti said: "No. I never thought that. [LNB]"Roman's so intelligent, he'd never ask me not to do that." [LNB]Ancelotti has been criticised for keeping Torres on the field in the 1-0 first leg defeat by United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, while Didier Drogba was replaced despite outshining his fellow forward. [LNB]It only added to rumours that the signing of Spain international Torres was on the whim of Abramovich, something Ancelotti has always denied. [LNB]And the Italian added: "Fernando might not start against United, of course. [LNB]"Why not? I have to choose the best line-up. There's a lot of competition up front and anything can happen. [LNB]"I have to choose the players, not comparing the players with the money the club paid for them. [LNB]"I have to choose the line-up looking at the training sessions, the condition of the players and the spirit. Fernando knows this very well." [LNB]Ancelotti, who sold Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea while in charge at AC Milan, refused to be drawn on the similarities. The Ukrainian was another striker, reportedly signed at Abramovich's behest, who proved to be an expensive flop. [LNB]Instead, Ancelotti claimed everyone associated with Chelsea was willing Torres to come good. [LNB]"As soon as he scores his first goal, it will be like every Chelsea fan will have scored," he said. [LNB]"Don't judge a player by the money he earns or that the club paid for the transfer. Judge by his behaviour on the pitch.[LNB] Don't judge a player by the money he earns or that the club paid for the transfer. Judge by his behaviour on the pitch Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti on Fernando Torres "And he has fantastic behaviour here now, as a worker, not just to score." [LNB]Ancelotti added: "I've spoken with him a lot of times, to stay focused on the job and confident. If the aim was just to score, he'd play every game. But we want him fit to work for the team. [LNB]"We don't ask him to score, score, score every time. This is not the right way to help him. [LNB]"Obviously, I don't know what he really feels inside, but outside he's relaxed, confident in training, he likes to joke and have fun in training. I don't see him afraid or worried." [LNB]Statistics appear to show Torres has lost some of his blistering pace following an injury-blighted 2010. [LNB]But Ancelotti said: "He was not 100% when he arrived here. [LNB]"The big problem was in the summer when he had a tear on his hamstring. But in the last few months, he has improved."

Source: BBC_Sport