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Carlo Ancelotti backed 50m striker Fernando Torres to come good

07 Apr 2011 07:42:41

Carlo Ancelotti backed 50m striker Fernando Torres to come good

Carlo Ancelotti backed ?50m striker Fernando Torres to come good after his Chelsea side lost their Champions League quarter final first leg against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game as Torres was booked for diving and once again struggled to assert any influence on the game. The Chelsea striker, signed from Liverpool in the January transfer window, has now played more than 10 hours of football without a goal. Still struggling: Fernando Torres was once again well below par for Chelsea against Manchester United Asked why Ancelotti kept Torres on for the entire match and substituted Didier Drogba for Nicolas Anelka, Ancelotti said: 'We have to have confidence. He (Torres) has to have confidence and keep going and he'll score. 'I wanted to play differently. Drogba worked very hard in this game after playing 90 minutes on Saturday, so for this reason I kept Torres on the pitch.' Desperate measures: Torres was booked for diving late on, having earlier fallen to ground too easily Ancelotti believed his side were unlucky to lose and was furious with Spanish referee Alberto Mallenco for denying Chelsea what appeared an obvious penalty in injury time when Patrice Evra seemed to bring down Ramires. Ancelotti said: 'It was clear. For everyone. Everyone knows it was clear. The problem is I know it's sometimes not easy to give the penalty in the last minute and you need to have personality, courage and character. Not always do referees have these kind of skills. 'I'm disappointed but this is the result. Not just the referee, but the assistant was in the right position to decide that was a penalty. 'I said to the referee (after the game) that it was a penalty and he needed to whistle. He said nothing. No answer. The players are aggrieved. But we have to forget it and be focused for the next game. We have to try our best there.' Ancelotti insisted he would not rest players against Wigan in the Barclays Premier League at the weekend. He said: 'Our focus is to play against Wigan and to win, to take confidence and three points in the table. We don't have a problem physically. We'll have time to focus for the game at Old Trafford.' Despite Ancelotti's disappointment he was generous in his praise of Rooney, who emerged from the spotlight caused by his four-letter outburst at Upton Park last weekend to turn in a superb performance, capped by a clinical finish. Ancelotti said: 'He's a fantastic player and my players knew that. He played really well, scored a goal and worked very hard for the team. Absolutely fantastic.'   Chelsea 0 Manchester United 1: Rooney the hero for FergieMartin Samuel: Wayne's simply a world apart... with fun as his new F-wordIn it to win it: Liverpool owner Henry targets Premier League titleAll the latest Chelsea news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Carlo Ancelotti Places: Liverpool


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