Manchester United v Chelsea: Torres must score or else
Fernando Torres is under £50million worth of pressure to score as Chelsea bid to overturn Manchester United’s slender Champions League quarter-final advantage at Old Trafford tonight.
Otherwise the Spanish World Cup-winning striker could be on his way home this summer as football’s big money flop of all time.
Misfiring Torres has famously failed to score in 10 Chelsea outings since his British transfer record-breaking move from Liverpool in January.
But Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is again ready to place his faith in Torres to come good against 1-0 leaders United.
His judgement is backed by Torres’ impressive Liverpool record against United — three goals in five games, giving his marker Nemanja Vidic such a torrid time, the Reds defender was sent off twice.
Ancelotti insists there are no specific demands on Torres to score but confirmed the out-of-form Spaniard will play some role against United.
“I'm not interested in a goal for Fernando,” said the Blues boss.
“I'm interested in Chelsea winning this game. If he scores it's good for him and for Chelsea, but it's just important to win here.
“He will play tomorrow.”
But he will do so under no doubt that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is running out of patience at the lack of return on his huge investment to realise his Champions League dream, and, depending on tonight’s outcome, will consider selling Torres back to Spanish admirers in the summer.
Wayne Rooney, in contrastingly explosive goalscoring form, returns for United for whom increasingly influential Brazilian defender Rafael is the major doubt with a knee injury.