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All eyes on under-pressure Blues

Chelsea aim to settle squad unrest

By | 10th September 2011

Despite staying unbeaten in their first three Premier League outings, Chelsea seem to be in the midst of some sudden unrest that is reminiscent of the mood around Stamford Bridge during a disastrous run last season.

The Blues fought hard to emerge winners in home fixtures against West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City before heading off to an international break that had its share of troubles.

Midfield talisman Frank Lampard was benched for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Bulgaria and did not convince his detractors upon returning to the line-up against Wales.

Meanwhile, the Blues’ £50 million signing Fernando Torres did not even make Spain’s bench for the most recent qualifier against Liechtenstein.

Although manager Andre Villas-Boas initially backed the star duo to silence their critics, he followed up with a warning that no one is guaranteed a spot in Chelsea’s starting XI.

“I have no problem dropping players,” the gaffer stated emphatically ahead of the West London outfit’s trip to Wearside, where they will square off against an under-performing Sunderland side.

Referring specifically to Torres’ struggle for goals, Villas-Boas added: “It (lack of goals) can never compromise the objectives of the team and the things you want to achieve. It’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about creating opportunities and he’s been doing that.

“The moment it compromises the running of the team, I think it (the starting spot) has to come to an end.”

Chelsea supporters will certainly not be feeling any more sympathetic towards Torres, though, after the former Liverpool striker described the typical Blues player as ‘old’ and ‘slow’ to explain why he does not get sufficient opportunities to score.

Nevertheless, Villas-Boas has moved to relieve his men of any unnecessary pressure by insisting that it is too early in the season to worry about rhythm and as long as they keep grinding out the right results, there is no need to panic.

“I like to play well but I like to win games as well. You just have to score one more goal than the opponents normally,” AVB asserted.

Interestingly, Steve Bruce is expected to feature another out-of-form striker – controversial Dane Nicklas Bendtner – in his starting line-up as the Black Cats look for their first win of the season.



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  1. chelseafan says:

    Chelsea’s team isn’t old and the older players are on form and playing well. torres can’t blame them for his struggles cuz when they create oppurtunities for him he misses. i do have a feeling though that torres will score before January’s transfer window and chelsea won’t have to sell him

  2. Izuchukwu says:

    If some of d blue fans will understand they hav to exercise thier petient a littile more. Torres will score today.

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