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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini backing 50m Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to come good

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19 Mar 2011 14:27:27

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini backing 50m Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to come good

Roberto Mancini is certain Fernando Torres will come good for Chelsea - he just does not want the ?50million striker to start his renaissance against Manchester City on Sunday. Despite arriving at Stamford Bridge amid a huge fanfare following his British record move from Liverpool in January, Torres is still to score for his new club. Class will out: Mancini is wary of the threat posed by Fernando Torres (centre) Tomorrow will mark the Spain star's seventh appearance for the Blues, with victory essential for both sides if they are to stand a chance of overhauling Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League title race. Likening Torres' struggles to those of his own Edin Dzeko, who has scored four times since a ?27million transfer window arrival from Wolfsburg but is still to open his Premier League account and has struggled to gain a regular starting spot recently, Mancini realises the quality will shine through eventually.  'Torres is a fantastic player,' he said. 'Maybe he is like Edin at this moment because they are both in new teams and it is not easy.  'You need time to understand different team-mates.  'But Torres is always dangerous. And like Edin, when he starts to score he will be a big problem for opposition defences.' Mancini surprised many observers earlier this season when he declared Chelsea would win the title 'easily'. At odds: Roberto Mancini (left) takes on Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti (right) He repeated the assertion often enough to feel he genuinely believed it, even if City were supposed to be aiming for the same target. However, it has not turned out that way and City approach tomorrow's encounter with their noses in front of Carlo Ancelotti's men, even if they have played a game more. Yet Mancini has not written Chelsea off just yet. With all their senior players back, the Blues chief feels they can still have a major impact over the testing run-in.  'Maybe they could still win it because we have a long way to go,' he said. 'Chelsea had the same problem that we have at this moment. They had four or five important players injured for a long time. 'This is why their form wasn't so good. But with the Champions League in the middle, anything can happen.' Of course, his own focus must be on City, who at least know they now only have one game a week to play following their disappointing Europa League exit to Dynamo Kiev. Off you go: Red card horror for Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli's apology for his red card shame on Thursday has given Mancini fresh cause for thought, having originally stated he intended to leave the fiery striker out of such a key game. However, the chances were Balotelli would have been amongst those to lose their starting place anyway, with James Milner and Dzeko in line to freshen up Mancini's flagging troops.  'I can make changes,' he said. 'James Milner is okay again and there might be another two or three players as well.' Boasting three successive victories against tomorrow's opponents, City have every reason to be confident, even if Mancini's constant talk of tiredness within the camp may undermine their chances of success. The prize for a win would go beyond the three points as it would solidify City's claims for a coveted top four spot, the minimum pre-season expectation laid down by the club's ambitious Abu Dhabi-based owners. Mancini is wary of predicting a repeat of last season's 4-2 triumph in the corresponding fixture. But he hopes for the best anyway.  'I hope to win by the same score again but it will be very difficult,' he said. 'At this moment, Chelsea are playing very well. They are in good form and they also had one day's extra rest because they played in the Champions League on Wednesday.  'But we want to try because it is an important game for us.'  Balotelli must show self-discipline to reach the top, says former coach ZolaChelsea scare off Juventus by slapping ?10m price tag on BosingwaAll the latest Chelsea FC news, features and opinionAll the latest Manchester City FC news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Edin Dzeko, James Milner, Roberto Mancini, Fernando Torres, Mario Balotelli, Carlo Ancelotti Places: Liverpool, Spain


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