Fernando Torres relieved after scoring twice against Leicester
Fernando Torres had gone over 24 hours without a goal for Chelsea FC although the Spaniard ended his goal drought on Sunday by scoring two of his team’s five goals against Leicester City in the FA Cup.
March 18th, 2012
It was far from inevitable that the former Liverpool striker would score in this match although the Foxes clearly weren’t set on defending which made for an open game and Torres’ goals came after the interval.
Torres said afterwards: “I needed those goals. I’ve been working so hard to get them.
“Maybe the job of a striker is to score goals and if you don’t do it people think you’re playing badly.
“But the support has been here and I feel the confidence of the manager (Roberto di Matteo) now. We have some important games coming.”
The final comment appeared to be a dig at Andre Villas-Boas who made a derogatory comment about Torres before being relieved of his duties and it appears that the team are playing with a new-found freedom since the Portuguese left Stamford Bridge.
Di Matteo said: “Every win gives the players confidence. You can see they have more confidence.
“I thought Fernando had a terrific game, he fought very hard for the team and managed to score a couple of goals too. It’s wonderful for him.
“I have a lot of belief in him and the other players. He works so hard and in life if you do that you will get rewarded for it.
“I really wanted us to keep a clean sheet. We didn’t manage to do that but I’m very pleased with the performance.
“I’m trying to get the players to perform as best they can but I’m very relaxed about it.”