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Carlo Ancelotti: I'm not concerned over Fernando Torres goal statistics

02 Apr 2011 20:28:03

Carlo Ancelotti: I'm not concerned over Fernando Torres goal statistics

Carlo Ancelotti has told Fernando Torres to forget about the growing weight of evidence suggesting he has lost his touch. The ?50million striker has had only one shot on target in his eight Premier League games for Chelsea and is still searching for his first goal.  Struggle: Fernando Torres can't get past Stoke City's Rory Delap But as Torres prepares for Chelsea's battle against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday, manager Ancelotti said: 'Statistics are important in football - but not that important. It's important to have experience, to look at the players, to see their performance for the team. 'Statistics don't show how he is moving for the team. He had four chances against Copenhagen in the Champions League. In the last game he did not have a lot of chances to shoot or to score. 'He has to improve but it's the first two months here. He likes to receive the ball at a certain point, so we have to improve this. Sometimes he moves well on the wrong side of the centre-back and the ball does not arrive at the right time.' Ancelotti has not found his best attacking combination since Torres's January arrival from Liverpool. He started with the Spaniard on the bench at Stoke yesterday but insists there is no problem between Torres, who has not scored in more than eight hours of football for Chelsea, and Didier Drogba. Waiting: Fernando Torres looks on from the substitutes at Stoke 'If there is a possibility, they pass the ball without problem,' he said, rejecting claims Drogba is reluctant to pass to his team-mate. 'I spoke with Didier about this. He was told, "Torres is here to improve the power of the team". For this reason he is happy. If he had been told Chelsea had bought Torres to replace him, obviously he is not happy. Didier is intelligent and understands.' Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a little more attention to the statistics than Ancelotti. The United manager has won only three of his past 19 matches against Chelsea, a dismal run that dates back to Claudio Ranieri's time. 'They have had important breaks against us,' said Ferguson, who will return to the bench at Stamford Bridge as his domestic touchline ban does not apply in Europe. 'Everyone recognises the major decisions have gone their way in the past four games. We don't have a problem psychologically. We beat them in the 2008 Champions League final, we were the better team in that final. We were the better team a few weeks ago at Chelsea. We have the quality, there is no question about that. 'We could do with a bit of luck against them, everyone does. It won't be any different on Wednesday.'  Mourinho's nine-year unbeaten record goes as Madrid suffer shock defeatStoke 1 Chelsea 1: Potters dent wobbling Blues' fading title hopes


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