Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Fernando Torres starts to feel pressure of goal drought

Fernando Torres

FernandoTorres admits he must start scoring for Chelsea as he looks finally to break his duck against Blackpool on Monday.

Torres has flopped in front of goal since his £50million move from Liverpool, drawing a blank in each of his four matches for the Barclays Premier League champions.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed after Tuesday night's win over Manchester United that he does not ask his strikers to score.

But Torres accepts he was not bought to fire blanks and is confident that once he bags his first for the club, the floodgates will open.

“I know I'm here to score goals,” he said. “It's the job of the striker, so hopefully I can score the first and I'm sure it will be the first of many.”

Torres has previously insisted it was always going to take time for him to settle at Stamford Bridge.

He revealed he is still finding his feet but believes he is beginning to adapt to Chelsea's style of play and is building up his match fitness following an injury-plagued 2010.

“Trying to settle here, but much better, much better fitness,” he said.

“I felt the other day against Man United very good. So, I’m waiting for the first goal. Hopefully, I can score against Blackpool.”

l PREMIER League stars joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of former Wolves and Tottenham defender Dean Richards yesterday.

Richards, forced to retire from the game in 2005 following illness, died last weekend aged 36.

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